Chattering jays and loud wood-pigeons flapped thickly overhead, while ever and anon the measured tapping of Nature's carpenter, the great green woodpecker
, sounded from each wayside grove.
They were, of course, green woodpeckers
but these more ground-hogging birds have in recent years disappeared to be replaced by the great spotted woodpeckers.
"Among the species on the estate which might surprise people are green woodpeckers
, grizzled skipper butterflies and bee orchids.
For twitchers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, the local countryside has a varied wild bird population with stone chat, curlews, green woodpeckers
, king-fishers and dippers.
There is also the chance of spotting green woodpeckers
or herons as the site - which is classed as a site of specific scientific interest - was home to over 40 pairs of breeding herons last year.
We have water voles, green woodpeckers
, roe deer, badgers and foxes.
This aura is further heightened by the wildlife found there - and among the highlights are the green woodpeckers
that are frequently seen.
He would know where the woodpeckers lived and where their nesting-holes were; holes I had tried to find so many times when I had heard their drumming, or the strange "yaffle" cries of the green woodpeckers
from the far side of the wood where the mansion's park began.
It is home to wildlife including grass snakes, newts, frogs, toads and slow-worms and birds like goldfinch, redpoll, firecrest, coal tits and green woodpeckers
I've seen foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels, blackbirds, robins, green woodpeckers
and lesser spotted ones.
Ant-hills may also appear on your lawn, but ants provide food for green woodpeckers
, so again just brush them away if they're annoying you.
If you're lucky you'll see green woodpeckers
, barn owls and hares.