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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Audley End House and Green Woodpeckers

The snow, for the time being, has abated.  Woke to a clear but freezing cold day - literally.  Stepping outside the front door, what looked like a wet driveway was, in fact, ice!!  So very very carefully, drove off.

Went over to Audley End House and Gardens.  It was very picturesque in the sunshine.... something that's been a very scare commodity over the last few weeks... the was actually some warmth in the sun.. wonderful :D

Down on the lake a solitary Mute Swan.. normally there's a Black swan as well but no sign of it there today.


 A few Jackdaws strutted their stuff



A Mallard dived..












Eventually I found the Black Swan by itself finding grass to eat amongst gaps in the remaining snow.



Back by the lake, a myriad of avian foodsteps..








Lunch was Tomato Soup which was quite pleasant.

As I went back to the car, I noticed two Green Woodpeckers fly off.  I stood and waited for a bit and was rewarded with the sight of them when they returned.. bring a friend so now we have three to watch..
 





A rewarding end to the day...... :)

4 comments:

Ragged Robin said...

Looks a beautiful place to visit - house looks very impressive. Great snowy pics and I love the Green Woodpecker and bird footprint photo :)

Terry said...

you take such beautiful photos, the swan on the lake is awesome.

Tricia said...

Caroline.. it's a beautiful 'garden'. Was so lucky with the green woodies.

Thank you Terry... the wonderful sunshine made such a difference!

oldcrow61 said...

Great shots. Lovely green Woodpecker.

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