3. Willow warbler
Nature Observations: Eastcliff(Mules)Park – December 2019
by Catherine Locke
Sunny but cold. In the park I saw families of Magpies and Crows, abundant
Robins, a family of Dunnocks, a pair of Wrens, 6 Blackbirds, 6 Wood pidgeons,
2 Bullfinches, several pairs of Blue tits, and 2 pairs of Great tits.
Under trees by Overdell Path a ring of Tricholoma mushrooms grow in leaf litter.
They were grey Tricholoma with caps around 8 cms across. I read later that though
edible, some forms are poisonous, so best avoided.
A sunny day but I am feeling sad as it is the anniversary of my fathers death.
From the carpark, going up the steps into the park I can see scattered around me
lots of large hefty Monterey pine cones and hundreds of little branches with long thin
needles blown down by the recent gales. I can now hear a lot of Robins singing and
'titting', and as I wander further into the park there are lots of Blue tits too.
Blackbirds are visiting the holly trees to gorge on the berries, and I can see 4
familes of magpies in the meadow. I spotted two flocks of Long Tailed tits tick-
tocking to and fro between the branches chirping excitedly as they went. I was
thrilled to see both a Treecreeper and a Nuthatch in the same English oak tree in
sunshine at the end of Overdell Path, and in a bush nearby a single Willow warbler.
Hovering over the meadow I spied the Kestral again. I think she was keeping an
eye on the two baby rabbits that were out by the brambles not far from the 6 Sister
Oaks. The four grey squirrels that were playing in a copse of hazel were oblivious to
anything other than the dogs that dashed about under the trees with no hope of
A horrible wet and windy day. It was raining steadily in Eastcliff Park. Rain that
would turn paper into soggy mush so the notebook stayed in my pocket and the
memory came into play. I had to remember what I'd heard as most birds were
hiding away from the weather. Lots of Robins as usual, Blue tits, Great tits, a Coal
tit, a Song thrush, Goldfinches, Magpies, and Crows.
Everything is grey and not much daylight, so I am thinking the same as the birds
get somewhere snug and warm, so home to dry out!
attribution - Rory from Glasgow, United Kingdom [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
attribution - Paweł Kuźniar [CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]
attribution - Andreas Trepte [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)]