Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clumber And Rufford Parks.....Sunday 16th March 2014.

With the forecast looking good and the prospect of a day of sunshine,Trace and myself headed over into the neighbouring county of Nottinghamshire visiting the stunning Clumber and Rufford Parks for a day of wandering about in the lovely weather.As we got out of the car,a Lesser Pecker gave that distinct 'Phew phew phew' call,but i couldn't see the little buggar sadly.We had a quick look around the chapel,but no Hawfinches as could be expected going by recent sightings,but plenty of birdsong included several Nuthatches singing and calling loudly from their arboreal home.Buzzards also featured heavily in the mornings walk,with at least 10 being seen and i loved hearing that distinct mewing call as they soared over their woodland home.A single Redhead Goosander was noted on the lake amongst the commoner species and in the waterside Alders several Siskins acrobatically fed.A few other sightings of note of the non avian variety included Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock Butterflies and a hand full of Common Toads.After enjoying our lovely 4 mile walk around this cracking lake and woodland area we travelled the short distance over to Rufford.After enjoying some well earned lunch in the superb cafe here at Rufford,we explored this much smaller,compact park.The only birds of note here where a few more Siskin,but we enjoyed the walk all the same.A lovely day out and about in the sun today.
Canada Goose.

Clumber Park view.

Female Tufted Duck.

Peacock Butterfly.

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