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Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
Female Mallard with young ducklings on Worth Park Lake
It was a warm sunny day - such a relief after the heavy rains of the day before. The pair of Egyptian Geese still have five goslings which continue to grow well. They are probably large enough now to be safe from most threats. The Grey Heron nest was deserted. I did not see any of them elsewhere. Both of the pair of Mute Swans were swimming on the lake. It is still a mystery whether they have any young. The (3 ?) chicks of the Moorhen with the nest at the water level have grown. The Moorhens have left their nest up the tree. Their (2 ?) chicks are very small and were swimming in the lake. [Picture of small chick]. A pair of Greylag Geese had 2 goslings. (lost 2?). A pair of Canada Geese had 2 goslings; another pair had one gosling. One pair of Mallards had 11 young ducklings [picture of grown ducklings]; another pair had 5 smaller ones. The family of a duck and several ducklings that had got into the fountain over the weekend had been safely rescued. As the young water birds become more active it is difficult to work out who they belong to and to count them. There was a young Mistle Thrush on the croquet lawn. Apparently they have decided that it is their territory and are trying to keep other birds away. One terrapin was warming on a tree root. Another swam to the tree and hauled out to join it. 20 species of birds were seen. A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table .
Tuesday 07-05-2024 - 10:30 to 12:30