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Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
Nesting Moorhen, 18th April 2024, Photo: Tom Howard-Jones
It was a bright, bracing spring day. The pair of Egyptian Geese still have five growing goslings. Hopefully, they are now large enough to survive. A Mallard Duck led a procession of fourteen small ducklings across the lake. Maybe only one has been lost recently. There was at least one Grey Heron hunkered down in their nest. In due course I expect we will find out how many young they have raised. Both of the Mute Swans were swimming on the lake. I think I have found their pathway into the vegetation and to their nest on the smaller island. Again in time we will find out more about their nest and brood. There were three Blackcaps flitting about in a bush on the edge of the lake. The Moorhen was still sitting on its nest at water level. However, nearby there was another Moorhen sitting on a nest some 10 feet up a tree. A terrapin was hauled out on a tree root. For a while it seemed that there would be no gulls at all. But one juvenile Herring Gull flew in briefly. Presumably all the usual Black-headed Gulls are away at their breeding sites. The trees are coming into leaf. They are lovely fresh shades of green - but it is making it harder to spot the birds. A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table .
Thursday 18-04-2024 - 11:00 to 13:00