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Friday 4th May 2018 - 06:30 to 09:00This is a fascinating and frantic time of year for our birds. We made the effort and started early on a beautiful sunny morning. There were plenty of bird songs and calls in the park. Several of the water birds have brought their families out into the open. A pair of Mallard Duckshave six ducklings (slideshow above). It was difficult to work out how many families of Canada Geesethere are; but at least three with numbers of goslings from one to six in each group (slideshow). The Egyptian Goose goslingsare nearly as big as their parents and almost indistinguishable from them as they are moulting into their first full plumage. One of the young seemed to be missing; but it could have been elsewhere. The Great Crested Grebeis still sitting on their nest. At first we could not see the other partner. In due course we found it (slideshow). Hopefully they will be successful. For the first time for several visits we saw a Kingfisher.It flew out of a bush close to us on the bank of the lake. In all we saw it three times but not for long. There was a commotion in one of the trees nearby. There was a magnificent Sparrowhawksitting out in the open in full sunlight. It stayed for a while for us to photograph and admire (slideshow). The Bluebells,Cowslips and Primroses are out. Many of the trees are in blossom; the Horse Chestnut and a pale blue Rhododendron were particularly pretty. Speckled Wood butterflieswere warming up in the morning sun (slideshow).A full list of the birds seen in Worth Park is given in the Bird Table.
Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
Saturday 12th May 2018 - A casual walk around the park this morningThere is a family of Coots with 4 very new chicks swimming in the lake. It seems that they first appeared yesterday. That is good news after the problems of last year.The pair of Mallards still have 6 ducklings.It now looks like one of the juvenile Egyptian Geese has gone missing. There are 10 young with the pair of adults.There are some 10+ Canada Geese goslings in different groupings.A young Robin was being fed by an adult in the bushes.A Kingfisher flew up from the lake with a fish and went out of the park.There are Moorhens around but no signs yet of any young ones.The Great Crested Grebe is still sitting on the nest and the partneris still in the lake.