Birdwatching at Croome
With over 730 acres of parkland and a diverse habitat, Croome is a fantastic place to watch birds. We have open farmed grassland, wild flower meadows, wetlands with acres of water, large trees, copses and scrub land a perfect habitat for a huge variety of wildlife.
Birdwatching at Croome
In addition to the parkland we also have a bird hide where families can sit quietly and watch the birds visiting the feeders.
The bird life at Croome changes with the seasons so there is always something new to see, don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
Goosander also known as common merganser has been spotted on the river at Croome. This is the first known sighting of this fish eating, diving duck at Croome and there were two males and one female. Hopefully they will become a regular sight.
The hawfinch is not a common bird and its quite a treat to see one. Several have been sighted at Croome, but usually just passing through and usually in the tops of tall trees. However, over a period of a month, hawfinches were spotted on 10 ocassions, all in the same area, so they were no doubt resident for quite a while.
Red kite are more increasing being spotted around the estate, the latest sighting was in the north part of the parkland.
Other sightings include: redwing and fieldfare in the meadows west of the river, wigeon on the river, a pair of kestrels above the ridge, redpoll in the shrubbery, and a small flock of meadow pipits.
Many species of birds arrive in spring from the south to breed. Some of the more common types of birds you may be able to spot are swallows and martins, warblers, blue tits, goldfinches, green woodpeckers and wagtails all of which are regularly seen at Croome.
If you are lucky you may also spot blackcaps, goldcrests, nightingales, yellow wagtails and tree pipits.
Herons start their nest building and can often be spotted around the lakeside and great crested grebes can be seen exhibiting their mating display on the ‘river’.
Croome is lucky to currently have a habitat preferred by the nightingale. It is a secretive bird which prefers living in the middle of dense bush and requires open scrubby ground on which to feed with plenty of cover. They are more often heard than seen.
You know summer is here with the arrival of flocks of house martins. Look at the eaves around the court where they return to nest every year. Enjoy their acrobatic displays as they swoop feeding on insects over the parkland and river.
Buzzards, kestrels and the occasional kite can often been seen hovering around the park. The buzzards, and herons in particular, use the dead trees as look out posts to spot their prey.
Keep an eye out for the kingfishers darting around on the river, more often than not you will just see a flash of vibrant blue. Coots, moorhens, a variety of ducks, swans and geese will always be seen on the lake, with the occasional egret paying a visit.
With the arrival of autumn our summer visitors get ready to leave for warmer climes. Our winter visitors’ start arriving with flocks of Canada geese arriving in large numbers to take residence along the river and lakeside. Starlings, generally a highly social family bird, can often be seen wheeling around Croome forming mumerations.
Winter visitors continue to arrive from the north and east to spend the winter in the United Kingdom, where the weather is milder and food is easier to find. Spot fieldfares, redwings, bramblings, swans and many kinds of ducks, geese, egrets and herons. In spring, they return to their breeding quarters.
Regularly seen at Croome
Here is a list of birds to look out for at Croome many of these are regular visitors some a little less common; Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Coot, Cormorant, Crow, Curlew, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Fieldfare, Spotted Flycatcher, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Greylag, Heron, Herring Gull, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker, Linnet, Little Grebe, Little White Egret, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Red Kite, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Song Thrush, Starling, Stock Dove, Stonechat, Swallow, Mute Swan, Swift, Tree Pipit, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Sedge Warbler, Whinchat, White Wagtail, Whitethroat, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon, and Wren.