The sun was shining so set of early to visit Golden Acre Park, visited many times before, but this would be the first trip this year.
Mix of woodland , formal gardens and at the far end of the lake a small nature reserve with two hides.
The first plant that greets you as you access the park under the road is the bright Yellow
skunk cabbage, With its very large leaves and rapid rate of spread, it can out-compete native plants and cause extensive damage locally. Given the popularity of this plant in gardens and its continued introduction into the wild, it is likely to increase.
Golden Acre Park, is very popular with family's. Feeding the ducks, the wild birds have taken advantage of this and will happily come very close some feeding out of your hands.
Good numbers of Robins here, later on in the reserve I observed a male Robin feeding the female Robin little treats to get her attention.
Song Thrush were singing away.
Many pairs of Jays.
In the nature reserve there was talk of a lesser Spotted Woodpecker been seen, one man had been stood for over two hours hoping to get a photo !
Great Spotted Woodpeckers can be seen quite easily from the hide so I went with that option.
First Blackcap of the year
Amongst the flower beds there were a few Bumblebees.
Think this one is a red tailed Bumblebee
The afternoon warmed up so I went to the Park.
My first Butterflies, quite a few Small Tortoiseshell pairing up, and a newly emerged Peacock.
On the path that follows the beck through the wooded area, little old man made me aware there was something in the Ivy, turned out to be a Rat ! You can just make out it's little pink nose. I know they are all around us but it was the first time I have seen one at the park (I can add it to the mammal list!)
Funny thing was it was the second rat I have seen to day, one coming out of Golden Acer Park, it ran down a grate on the road side .
Well done if you managed to get this far, but you should see all the photos I did not put in.
Lastly it was a nice surprise to see young ducklings on the pond.