29 Jan 2015
It's been a fantastic couple of weeks for wildlife watching here at Haddo, and there's been a few unusual birds cropping up around the park...
There's no doubt the most beautiful bird to turn up over the past few weeks was this beautiful Kingfisher, which was fishing outside the bird hide on Thursday evening. We get occasional reports of Kingfishers round and about Haddo but it's an absolute treat to see on in the park, especially this close up.
There's also plenty to see even if you're not lucky enough to encounter a Kingfisher. The Friends' Garden is full of acrobatic bright yellow Siskins and fluffy Long-tailed Tits, and if you look carefully you might see a few orange-y Bramblings among the flock of Chaffinches which feed regularly under the beech trees.
We're trying to make up a complete record of all the species, common and rare, which live in the park so if you see anything when you're out and about then do let us know. You can fill in a recording sheet in the visitor centre or email your records to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're also looking for people to do regular wildlife surveys in the park so if you'd like to be involved in that then get in touch as well.
All the records are important so even if you've only found some Blue Tits and a Blackbird they're still well worth recording!
The rescheduled Winter X-Country will (weather permitting!) be on Sunday 8th February, so you've got an extra couple of weeks to get in shape and get your entries in for the day. There are full details and a link to the entry for on our events page.
If you'd rather get your exercise by dancing the night away indoors, then there are still a few tickets left for this year's Haddo Snow Ball on Saturday 7th Feb.
The dancing starts at 7.30pm with music from the Frank Thompson Band and will go on in to the wee small hours. Thankfully the tickets include a buffet dinner and a midnight snack to keep you going.
You can keep up to date with all the plans for the Snow Ball on their Facebook page or get your tickets by calling 01651 851111