April 13th

CALKE ABBEY (National Trust Property).

This is one of our favorite NT properties as the park has a huge range of habitats as well as two well placed (and well-built) hides with feeders that are kept well-stocked).
(I have little interest in the building - sorry)!
Calke Abbey.
The highlight of the walk this time was the Little Owl spotted by She Who Must be Obeyed that allowed me to get a few pictures in spite of the poor light.
There it is!

Little Owl.
Little Owl.
 The feeders provided good views of the usual woodland birds - a few for the record...
Great Tit.

Reed Bunting.

Peacock
 The Fallow Deer provided good views in the afternoon sunshine for the first time -

Signs of Spring included many patches of Coltsfoot providing nectar to early insects in the Spring sunshine.

Coltsfoot.


We have now learned of an extensive area of old limestone workings that include wild-flower meadows etc - many more visits will be necessary! Many good photos will eventually appear on the flickrfeed when I have finished setting up the bird section. (Where will I find the time...)


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