Croome autumn wildlife
Autumn is a hive of activity with some birds migrating for the winter and Croome welcoming new arrivals from colder climates.
Out in the parkland many birds of prey such as kestrels, buzzards and the occasional kite can often be seen soaring aloft ready to swoop on their unsuspecting prey. Flocks of fieldfare will also be seen feeding on Church Hill and in the outer parkland.
If you are near water, keep an eye out for our migrant hawker dragonflies that appear from August to October.
Squirrels collect nuts and seeds and bury them in many scattered hiding places or “caches” around the wooded areas of the parkland. They have a highly-developed spatial memory and acute sense of smell, which help them find their stash months later.
Starlings are generally a highly social family bird, a flock of starlings is called a murmuration and can often be seen wheeling around Croome.
Flocks of geese and house martins prepare for their southerly migration to warmer climes.