A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Monday, 19 November 2018
Brueton Park Pool
A week or so ago I did some family chauffeuring to Solihull and had an hour to wait so decided to take my camera and visit the pool at Brueton Park where the birds being used to people are relatively "tame" and you can get close views.
I do like Brueton Park and would visit far more regularly if it was closer to home. It is right by the town centre but when you do some of the walks, for example the walk I try and do each May through woods and along the course of the River Blythe, you could be in the countryside. The park consists of more formal and informal areas and there is mature woodland, a tree trail, a local nature reserve where this May we saw cowslips and the pool I visited today.
The rain thankfully stopped as I arrived but it was dull and gloomy and not ideal for taking photos.
A poor photo of a grey squirrel - there were several around collecting nuts and burying them - they were constantly moving so I just could not get a decent picture.
Drake Mallard on the pool
Moorhen - love the feet!!
Black-headed Gulls and a female Mallard.
A Grey Heron - a juvenile I think - located on the far side of the pool.
A couple arrived with a toddler to feed the birds who then came up onto the bank. The little boy was so enjoying himself and the birds - it was lovely to see. I was that busy trying, without much success!, to get photos that I didn't notice what they were feeding the birds but looking at the pictures I think it was hopefully duck food. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust manages an area of the park quite close to the pool and has a visitor centre so perhaps they sell food there?
I think the gulls with the yellowy and black bills (rather than red and black) are in First Winter plumage - but please feel free to correct me. My gull id skills are limited - the thought of all those different plumages depending on age somewhat put me off!
Ducks mainly mallard with a few hybrids thrown in!
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