Saturday, 14 March 2015

Spring at NT Ickworth (another visit)



We saw three Nuthatches this afternoonat NT Ickworth.



The first one we saw was high up in a tree, but it flew down, and we noticed two others on the ground. 


The Robin attracted our attention with its song ...


Meanwhile, a little further into the park, the lambs were drawing a small crowd. 



Some were curled up at the base of a tree and others were looking alert. 


This pair, presumably twins, walked about in tandem, nudging up against each other as they went.



This little one was the closest to a black lamb ...




Notice the lovely markings on the ewe's face.



We noticed a few Grey Squirrels ...




like this one ...



... who was making the most of its nut. 


You can see the Ickworth rotunda here ...




We have seen an Egyptian Goose here before, and right on cue, this one appeared before our eyes ...




There seem to be quite a lot in East Anglia.



While we were admiring the goose, we noticed a charm of Goldfinches high up in one of the trees ...




The goose seemed to be looking for something, but we did not see a partner on this occasion. 



 There were some lovely clumps of Snowdrops and Primroses ...



This tiny Wren was scampering about on the bark.




On our way out of the park, we noticed an insect enclosure.

The arrows (clockwise from top) show:

  • an high rise insect house, ideal for overwintering Ladybirds etc. 
  • a path to allow the visitor to observe without disturbing the wildlife.
  • a tree (there were several) providing bark in winter and leafy habitats in summer. 
  • dry leaves and clumps of vegetation, again for insect homes, but also for food. 
  • mossy tree roots, another kind of habitat for woodlice, snails, beetles etc.
  • notice boards with beetle and butterfly identification guides.




NT Ickworth - a lovely place for a walk in the spring sunshine!

5 comments:

Jennifer Tetlow said...

The Rotunda looks magnificent and the goose strangely just the right colours to blend in with it. Perhaps his wife is sitting on eggs somewhere and he's keeping an eye out.

Ragged Robin said...

Lovely photos of the birds and lambs - the lambs are exceedingly cute. The insect enclosure is very interesting with some great ideas :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, Caroline, the lambs are so cute. Lovely to see nuthatches too, a very special bird for me as they're just starting to move into Scotland and now i see them, whereas a few years ago i never did!

amanda peters said...

Lovely post Caroline, there has been a few recordings of Wheatear in my area so hope to see one soon. The spring lambs are lovely. Most places have bug hotels now which is really good.
Amanda xx

Donna said...

Oh I adore your robin and wait for ours to return once the snow is melted....and the lambs are precious....they definitely make me think spring!