I had a fairly sleepless night last night and although I woke around 6ish as usual, I then "drifted" off to sleep again and consequently overslept so was a little late getting out of bed!!
After the traumas of yesterday and the really awful weather I knew that, unless I was going to be totally stir crazy, grumpy and bad tempered with no evidence of my normal jolly disposition (those who know me might argue with this rash statement) I had to get out today. So mid morning off I trotted to - yes you've guessed - Bushey Park.
I decided to start with the Woodland Gardens and give the regular pond a miss!
My first birds on arrival in the first garden were a pair of preening Egyptian Geese
A little further along the stream were two pairs of Mandarin Ducks
A female mallard was having a lazy swim
and this Carrion Crow (Carin & Yoke please note!) had its beady eye on me.
I then met a lady and gentleman who had their binoculars trained on something across the other side of the pond - Kingfisher!! whey hey. By now the light was incredibly murky so I didn't even bother focusing the camera. In addition, there were quite a large flock of siskins very high up in the trees.
We followed the moving flock and eventually some of them came down on the ground but you'll have to take my word for it that there were about 5 at the time I took this.
I then said goodbye to my new companions with thanks for sharing the Kingfisher and Siskins with me and I went on my way. Just as I was moving off, the flock of siskins wheeled up - there must have been at least 40 of them - great sight!
A little further along in the middle of the woodland, you come to a house. Just by the bridge that crossed the stream, was a Grey Heron keeping it's beady eye on the water for a possible meal.
I then crossed over to enter the second of the two woodland gardens and here I fell into conversation with a very nice gentlemen who brought me up-to-date on the restoration of the Upper Lodge Water Gardens and many other areas of the park. It is his understanding that a hide is also going to be part of the redevelopment of the area - fingers crossed!
Having entered the gardens, the only bird I managed a picture of was this rather obliging Jay.
I then gradually made my way back passing a large herd of Red Deer and a smaller one of Fallow Deer - pictures of these I will probably post tomorrow, but this is one of the very light coloured Fallow deer.
Aw - cutie...
I made my way back to the car where this Black-headed Gull was getting darker colouring around its eye.
Not a bad day for wildlife, and also having met three very nice folk, not a bad day for human life either :D
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