A wonderful autumn day out

With my brother visiting from Italy we decided to take advantage of the wonderful weather and have a little trip to one of many parks in Sheffield. This particular park, Graves park is very large and not far from where we lived previously.
I’ve only visited once even though it was probably less than a mile away; my excuse is that we had another park seconds from our front door and instead we’d go for a walk most weekends and I’d often walk up through the park on my way home from work… so why go elsewhere when there’s a park on one’s doorstep??!

Graves Park is 83 hectares and sits only 3 miles from Sheffield city centre, various events are held during the year with one of the main attractions being an Animal farm which for obvious reasons appeals to families with children. I’ve never been to the animal farm so off we went in search of this farm and in hope for a parking space. As it happens we were in luck and although there were some families and children, with it being a week day it was easy enough to park the car.

Now, I have to admit that I’m no fan of farm animals and perhaps least of all Chickens… The only animal I do like are horses and will extend this to donkeys…
However, this cool cockerel was very interesting… Has anyone here seen the Hoobs? No?
Is it only me who watches it every morning???!! He totally looks like Groove with the shaggy fringe!
Chicken
Chicken
Chicken
Chicken
Chicken
And here’s Mrs, not quite as fancy however I do like her colours.
Chicken

This guy had a few ladies… photos didn’t come out so well!
Chicken
Next up some piglets! We were called over by a lady with her child to tell us that mum was feeding the little piggies and that she thought we’d probably like to take photos… interesting actually that this wouldn’t be the only time we were almost forced to take photos of something; more on that later! Lol.
Piglets feeding
Piglets
And a big pig came out to see what we were up to…
Pig
I did however, love the curly hair on these Pigs:
Curly Pig
Curly Pig face

Cows

An amazing Eagle Owl, it’s a shame it had such a small enclosure… This seems to happen too often with BOP’s, for the sake of people being able to see the birds…
Eagle Owl

Something every farm ought to have… Geese!
Goose
Goose

I’m amazed how green this grass looks; it looks more like spring grass than autumn! I can dream…
Sheep
Sheep

Leaving the animal farm and there are some large ponds nearby.
Pond
Pond
Beech Hedge
Pretty autumn colours
path

The Ducks seemed to be having a massive communal bathing session… They were all splashing around, not your usual quick dabble as the splashes were rather impressive.
Gathering ducks
dabbling ducks
splashes reach high

It’s unusual to see gulls around here but the park did have a few, no doubt taking advantage of the food.
Sheep
Black headed Gull
Black headed Gull

Coot
Hybrid duck
Duck
Mallard

Crow
This little Dunnock was busy searching for food
Dunnock
And more could be found in the dense cover of shrubs
Dunnock in shrub
This male Chaffinch also sought cover in the shrubs
Sheep
And this Robin did too… They were all hiding from me :(
Robin

This Grey Squirrel was less than impressed with me… To be fair there were lots of dog walkers and the Squirrels often run from the dogs; understandably.
Grey Squirrel

One dog walker in particular decided to tell us we wanted to take photos of his dogs and then proceeded to tell us all about them! Lol, naturally we went along with him, it seemed somewhat rude to tell him actually I don’t particularly want photos of his dogs… So I present to you, Dan and… urm… I don’t remember the other name.
Retriever Puppies
And because we’re onto silly things, can anyone guess what might be on my hat? Ok, so it’s actually my brother’s but he wanted me to wear it, so I had to oblige!
Hat shadow

Copyright 2011 Liz.
All rights reserved. Content created by Liz for Gwirrel’s Garden.

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