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Wildlife at Mount Grace Priory

Mount Grace Priory is in North Yorkshire, the best preserved Carthusian monastery in Britain. We popped in there for a look on our way from Northallerton.

Just before the car park there was a pond on the left hand side. I spotted a heron:-

Heron at Mount Grace Priory

Mount Grace Priory Heron

There were some geese too:-

Wild? Geese at Mount Grace Priory

Miniature Railway, Blenheim Palace

One of the attractions at Blenheim Palace is a miniature railway which every half hour does a trip from near the car park to a play area, maze and garden centre type thingy.

This is the railway’s station:-

Miniature Railway, Blenheim Palace

I photographed the train on its return journey to the car park:-

Miniature Railway Train, Blenheim Palace

This handsome gentleman was walking along by the side of the station when the train had pulled up:-

Pheasant at Blenheim Palace

This year we returned to Blenheim (the ticket gives free re-entry within a year) and had time to make a trip on the train:-

On the Train, Miniature Railway, Blenheim Palace

The locomotive is named after one of Blenheim’s most famous sons:-

Blenheim  locomotive

Amphibian Visitor

This summer we replaced one of the sinks in our house. The old one was then pressed into service as a makeshift pond for the garden.

Within 24 hours of filling it with water the “pond” had a visitor:-

Frog in Garden

Frog in Garden "Pond"

By this one the frog (or toad) had climbed out to the side:-

Frog in Close-up

Birds at the Helix, Falkirk

On the path to the Kelpies (see previous post) we saw a family of swans on the other side of the canal. A dog was being walked and had to be wary of the adults.

Closer to the Kelpies a more exotic bird was being exercised. It turned out a man took his parrot there every day. It could fly about a bit on the end of a line. I caught it below when it was on the ground.

Parrot on a stick. Well, on a lead:-

Kelpies  parrot

On the walk back to the car the swans had moved over to the near side of the canal and settled down by the side of the path. A wide berth was given and warnings shouted to kids on bikes not to get close:-

Swans + Cygnets 1

Swans + Cygnets 2

This Year’s Cygnets

I was in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy last month and the swans have seven cygnets this year.

This Year's Cygnets

This Year's Cygnets 2

My Second Jay

While in Surhuisterveen we spotted a house with a viking ship for a weathervane. The house itself has a distinctive style. I like the railings on the balcony.

While manoeuvering to get a better shot of the weathervane than we had originally we saw a jay on the roof. My second jay! It’s perched on the thatch just above the window.

It moved to the edge of the roof and I got this shot.

Here’s a close-up of the weathervane.

What a great thing to have on your roof.

Geese on the River Wharfe, Wetherby

We made a further stop on the first day on the way down to the Holland ferry. At Wetherby.

There’s a nicely situated car park hard by the River Wharfe.

There were geese on the river.

A Jay

Until this perched on my fence I had never seen a jay before. They’re not very common around here. Before I could photograph it it flew off to my next door neighbour’s fence so it’s a bit blurry.

Red Deer Close(ish) Encounter

Three photos taken from our back bedroom window.

Again the good lady nicked two of them first.

By the time of the third I’d opened the window and the hind was well aware we were watching her.

This Year’s Brood

After our move to pastures new on April 4th the good lady and I finally made it back for a look at Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy on June 1st.

The swans look to have four cygnets this year. (They may have had more and lost some but it was almost two months since we’d been at the park so wouldn’t know about that.)

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