Last week was a complete and utter write off for me. I felt poorly for more of less all of it. A constant migraine and the accompanying side effects had me out of action all week more or less. I honestly thought that this week I would not have any content to blog with.
Fortunately for me, the weekend brought with it a lovely night away with my partner. A much needed break to hopefully reset.
Like many others this year, any travel plans we had booked previously for this year, had been cancelled, including what was meant to be our very first family holiday. I try not to get too disheartened by its cancellation, as with what is happening all over the world with covid it was the right course of action for the time.
This night away was much needed. A change is as good as a rest, as the saying goes.
The first day out we planned was Tatton Park. I had picked this particular place due to the residing deer within the park land. Autumn always means rutting. I had missed out on the rut last year and was determined that I would not miss it again.
Tatton park has many things to see, we started the day in the gardens and around the arboretum. In particular the Japanese gardens were stunning. A gorgeous early autumn scene greeted us as we ambled around and I could not resist getting a snap.
Then onward to my goal, off around the parkland to find the red deer.
You could hear the bellowing males before you saw them. I have to admit it is not something I had heard before, a deep, almost roar like sound from these magnificent animals.
We came across one specific male that was surrounded by no less than 25 does! At first when we came upon this group the male seemed to be on alert, making sure his harem stayed where he wanted them and keeping an eye on who or what was around.
After a while, he became quite calm and relaxed, considering there were plenty of people walking around the grounds and you could hear other males bellowing not too far off in the distance. Once he had settled, he seemed to take it all in his stride, even lying down with the rest of the herd at one point.
I didn’t get to see any fights for mating rights or territory, but I was so happy to be near them and get pictures, demonstrating just how beautiful they are.
The following day we picked Leighton Moss RSPB reserve. I have to admit I wasn’t sure what I would see there, picking it on a whim as it was close to where we had stayed.
I was pleasantly surprised by the variety on the water and around the grounds.
Leighton Moss is a great place to see bearded tits. Rare and very beautiful birds, there are only approx. 630 pairs currently in the UK. They are usually seen within reed beds feeding on insects and reed seeds. Leighton Moss has the biggest reed bed in the north east of England, you can see why the bearded tits would love it there.
Unfortunately it was not our day to witness them, they have gone onto my bird bucket list. A great excuse to return in the future (like many other places I have visited)
For the lack of bearded tits the day was made up with chaffinches, coal tits, blue tits, robins, dunnocks, nuthatches and my very first sighting of a marsh tit.
I may not be completely over my migraines but the weekend did offer some respite and great experiences to be positive about.
I hope your week has been a great one, until next time, take care.