Friday, 5 November 2010
Enville Hall Estate....30/10/2010
This was my first visit to Enville Hall Estate and most enjoyable it was too, especially so with all the Autumnal colour of the trees and shrubs! The walk began from Compton Road and along the bridleway/public footpath that leads to the Estate and passing fields and hedgerows on the way. The views were stunning as the areas opened as we walked, the Autumnal colours on the trees and shrubs looked a real treat! Eventually we reached Enville Hall after taking rather a long time along the way to listen and look for wildlife. A pleasant surprise was to see a female Goosander on Temple Pool, other species on the pool were Coot, Teal, Mallards and Canada Geese. Highlights of the walk were a flock each of Long-tailed Tit, Redwing and Greylag, Blue & Great Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Nuthatch, Siskin, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Wren, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Raven and Green Woodpecker heard only. Plenty of Jackdaws, Crows and Pheasants were in the fields! One tree that caught the eye was a large Yew tree that was laden with red berries, I could imagine it filled to bursting with Waxwings, Redwings and Fieldfares but not to be today though a Goldcrest was still a treat to see as it flitted amongst the branches!
The walk took roughly four hours, not that it is a long walk I may add. There was just so much to savour along the way that this walk could not be rushed. A fish and chip supper went down a treat on returning home.