Estate Blog | Birds on the Estate
Hello again to the Deene Park Bird Blog,
What a July! Temperatures reaching record highs and the lack of rain made life on the lake very harsh. With the hot weather and the water temperature going up, there was a boom in algae and weed life, this gave a very thick covering on the lake surface making it hard for birds like duck, swans, geese and grebes to move around. It also hampered the kingfisher in his pursuit of food, moving them further up the lake.
There was still plenty to see, we had several swans bringing cygnets on most of the lakes. The crested grebe had three chicks but lost one, so they are now down to two. Herons and egrets were around the lake every day during July, but as the lake got lower their feeding became a little easier – the water level dropped by 20cms during July.
Osprey were again seen over the lake, also a visit from a pair of common terns and an oyster catcher.
Bird focus this month – the BUZZARD ‘Buteo, Buteo, Buteo’ – we currently have several pairs of buzzards in the parkland!
A large bird, usually recognised by it’s long glides. It has blunt wings with the tail being rounded with black and brown barred plumage. These are often seen flying with the kites, the call is very characteristic mewing like a cat, the female is larger than the male.
We have seen a rise in population in the woodland on the Estate as this is their favourite habitat, they prefer wooded hills and gently sloping areas. Food is mice, voles, rats, young hares and rabbits. They also like frogs, snakes and large insects.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog, if you are interested in birds, do visit Deene Park and see them in their natural habitat.