First Park Walk of the Year, 2020.

First Park Walk of the Year, 2020.

It was a lovely spring-like day and even en route to the Park there were flowers and blossoms high and low.

When we reached the park, familiar sights unfolded, like the Pigeon Tree by the lake, loaded as usual with roosting Pigeons.

Below the tree a rat was scurrying along the bank, avoiding other Pigeons sitting there, and then the surge forward of ducks and geese on the lake, no doubt hoping for titbits [note to self, ‘take bird seed on next walk!’]

Across the other side of the lake, white dots in the trees proved to be roosting Gulls, and Witch Hazels by the path bloomed in red, orange and yellow.

We walked around the usual way. Little had changed until we came by …..

… the Tea House, rebuilt, and resplendent with two busy storeys.

More Pigeons sat sunning themselves along the lakeside edge  …

… and we were astonished to see Bramble fruits still ripening.

Mounds of Erica in a variety of shades were glorious,exhuberant, ebullient even!

Across a little pond, a pair of Egyptian Geese still mooched about.

Early spring flowers were appearing.

We stopped to hear a melodious [it really was!] tapping, above in a tree.

It was a busy woodpecker, which shortly thereafter flew off with a mate.

Up the last, steep path, after my favourite Oak tree, and spotting an enormous Bumble Bee which dive-bombed onto the mossy bark of a Beech tree … we carried on, past Crystal Palace Railway Station, to home, noting that many Oak trees and young Oak bushes along the way still carried their dry russet leaves.

It was a pleasant walk.

Anne … February 5th 2020.



10 Responses

  1. karenp says:

    Looks like it was a lovely walk Anne :good:
    Every afternoon on Alfie and my walk up the park there’s a woodpecker busy knocking at a tree somewhere in the woodland , can never see it but it’s certainly loud enough :cute:

  2. gertie says:

    We, and another couple passing by, stopped and looked until I suddenly spotted it Karen …it was very close, and really a very melodic sound. That tree must be very hollow Somewhere! :lol: :rose:

  3. cilla says:

    It is a lovely park Anne and flora is so much earlier than ours. That was a very pretty rat, like a pet rat. Take some pennies next time Anne, for the tea house :-)

    • gertie says:

      Thanks Cilla :-) I thought that rat looked very healthy and it didn’t bother the Pigeons, but there were rat traps around, I spotted two along the way :-( :bad:
      Next time will definitely take pennies and bird food :-) :good: :rose:

  4. VegVamp says:

    A really lovely walk Anne, can’t believe there was so much in bloom! :good:

  5. gertie says:

    It was definitely more like Spring than Winter Karen. :-) :clover: :rose:

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