Saturday, 23 May 2009

Spring at Burton Constable

I can't believe its over a month we went anywhere out of Hull. Today it was a warm day with sunny spells and we went for a walk to the grounds of Burton Constable. We explored the area around the Hall and followed the Waymarker Trail. We found out what a Ha-ha is (intrigued? check here). At one end of it stands an ancient tree, a Sweet Chestnut, with some of its main branches now dead and partially covered by Ivy. It is the most impressive tree I have seen in East Yorkshire, with an enormous girth. As it is near the house and the house was built at the end of the XVI century, it is probably over 400 years old.
A view of the live side of the ancient sweet chestnut
A view of the old chestnut covered on Ivy
The tree trunk
Around the farm houses and stables, House Martins were busy nest building. 
In the North Pond, which used to be part of a moat, Moorhens and Coots were being followed by their hungry chicks. The wooded areas were teeming with insects, although we did not see many butterflies.
A pair of geese flying
Moorhen with chicks
 We manage to spot a Hare.
Tenthredo sawfly
Previously in the large lake I have seen toads mating.
This is today's bird list:
  1. Blackbird
  2. Crow
  3. Woodpigeon
  4. sparrow
  5. Chaffinch
  6. Greylag (pair)
  7. Moorhen, with 2 chicks
  8. Coot with 1 chick
  9. Several mallards with ducklings of different sizes
  10. House Martins making nests
  11. Swallows
  12. Jackdaws on the fields
  13. Rooks. 2 with one chick begging
  14. Great tit
  15. Pheasant
  16. Goldfinches singing

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Note added: I reported the Sweet Chestnut in the Ancient Tree Hunt website, as it wasn't there, and a couple of days later it was verified by Tony Burgoyne and its girth measuret at 7.28 m. Tony said this is the largest tree recorded in East Yorkshire! It now has a record here.

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