We could only feel the warmth of the weak sun in the walled garden, where a few Red Admirals and Commas feeding on Michaelmas Daisies and Ivy. In addition to some droneflies - and a wasp during our picnic - were the only insects we came across.
In the gardens behind Normanby Hall, a pair of Goldfinches fed on lavender seeds, and on the roof of the building, a group of Pied Wagtails squabbled.
In the pond, male Mallards with freshly moulted plumage whistled and circled the females, while up to ten Moorhens fed on the grassy banks.
A quick visit to the bird feeding station drew a blank for birds, but three shiny Fly Agaric mushrooms compensated for it.
The alpha male Red Deer bellowing
A young stag
Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria
- Black-headed Gull
- Blue Tit
- Carrion Crow
- Goldfinch 2
- Great Spotted Woodpecker
- Great Tit
- Long-tailed Tit
- Mistle Thrush, a loose flock calling over the conifers near the car park
- Moorhen, 10
- Pied Wagtail (yarrellii)
- Red-legged Partridge, 5