|The attractive red stems of a Dogwood|
|Kilnwick Percy Hall|
|The man-made lake|
|The parkland of this former country estate|
In the favoured locations of Wold Garth the Winter Aconites and the Snowdrops are now showing well, particularly the Aconites, while the odd Crocus is also beginning to join them, all welcome signs that nature is beginning to stir as the sun climbs higher in the sky day by day. Birds are also responding to the lengthening days with a few heard singing away this morning, including Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Dunnocks.
|Scarlet Elf-cups along the woodland path|
|King Alfred's Cakes ?|
|Velvet Shanks ?|
What with the lovely weather we decided to have a gentle stroll around the grounds of Kilnwick Percy Hall in the morning, a Grade 2* listed building sitting within 50 acres of grounds which is currently home to the Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre. My eldest sister and my eldest niece joined us and we spent a pleasant few hours doing a tour of the grounds, walking around the large lake and through the mixed woodland. Apart from a few Reed Buntings and loads of Long-tailed Tits very little was around the lake, but the woods brought some better sightings with Jay, Marsh Tit, and even a calling Nuthatch (Y84), a very rare sound in most of East Yorkshire. The wood is also a good place to look for fungi though my woeful fungi knowledge means I am useless at identifying them apart from obvious ones like Scarlet Elf-cups or Candle Snuff Fungus.
|Reeds beside the lake|
|Elder beginning to leaf|
|A clump of Snowdrops at Kilnwick Percy|
|Snowdrops at Wold Garth|