The joy of a bank holiday

Yesterday we decided to go out on the trail of another geocache, mostly as an excuse to get us out of the house. In the process we found a park in a neighbouring town that we had never heard of before.

We were really quite impressed and managed to spot a (for us) huge variety of wildlife:

  • Swans and cygnets
  • Mallards
  • Aylesbury ducks and babies
  • Mandarin ducks
  • Jay
  • Grey wagtail
  • Wood Pigeons
  • Rock dove
  • Coots and babies
  • Canada geese
  • Geese and babies
  • Magpies
  • Crows
  • Robin
  • Tufted ducks
  • Black bird
  • Heard a woodpecker
  • Bloody big fish
  • Lots of squirrels
  • Ring necked parakeets
  • Little Grebe
  • Moorhen
  • Muscovy ducks
  • Long tailed tits
  • Wren
  • Little blue butterflies
  • White butterflies
  • And a cat – sat next to a bench that a couple was perched on, not sure if they had brought it out for a walk.

And herons. Lots of herons. I’ve never seen so many herons in my life. We think we spotted at least 25, but we couldn’t see all the way around the little Island that they were mostly calling home, so there could very well have been more. We promptly sent a message to our most bird knowledgeable, who immediately started sulking that he was in a pub when he could have been birding.

Oh, and we found the geocache that was the initial reason for us going out there. This was made a lot easier by the fact that as we approached the spot where we believed it to be hidden, we noticed two other people already lurking there, trying to find something hidden in the rocks – a bit of a hint as to where to start looking.


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