Sunday, 14 May 2017

Worcestershire Nightingale (Croome Park)

A day out yesterday saw us at the National Trust Croome Park with then intention of going for a longish walk, it was a lovely day and much warmer than we though it would be.
As you would expect at this time of the year the Swallows and House Martins were very busy. These were our first House Martins of the year and it was great to see them swooping around and going up into their nests on Croome Court.

I didn't mange to get a pic of the House Martins, but a Swallow did oblige,

As we walked along the 'River' (I've put this in inverted commas, as it's not a real river)
we saw our first Goslings of the Spring, both Greylag and Canadas,

We did see some Reed Buntings as we progressed on our walk, along with Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Coot, Jackdaw, Crow, Buzzard and Kestrel.

We stopped for as usual a late lunch at the end of the river, where not much else was seen but plenty heard, apart from a flyover by a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

We continued our walk through a wooded path, when in a clearer area we heard Nightingales, there were at least two and were really close, but we just couldn't see them, we spent a while there listening, it was awesome. It would have been nice to see them but in this case hearing is just as good.
This was our first encounter with Nightingales in the UK, the only other place being Lesvos (So far!)

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