Best day of the year so far

In terms of the total number of species seen in a single day , today has been the best of the year so far. Thirty four different birds, about ten short of our best ever single day total but still a decent number.

We also recorded four species for the first time since they returned after the winter away , House and Sand martin , our breeding Sedge warblers are back and we heard the first Cuckoo.

Also notable was recording seven species of the finch family in a day , Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Siskin, Linnet and Redpoll.

Our female Canada goose is sitting tight on a nest of eggs with her mate patrolling the pond and surrounding area. There is a pair of Little Grebe, seemingly breeding again as well as at least a couple of pairs of Moorhen.

Whilst it is nice to be able to see Otters, we are hoping not to get a visit to the pond as we did at this time last year which resulted in the decimation of all the water birds nests !!!

Of course the lovely sunny weather has helped, please may it continue a while yet !!


” Nature , red in tooth and claw ”

Some morning on the main pond , at half five this morning there was just enough light to see clearly two otters swimming about !!  they in view for a total of about 20 minutes but …………………. how does a female Canada goose feel, when having sat tight on her eggs for weeks, a couple of predators turn up that she and her partner just cannot deal with and bang , all the eggs gone !!!!!!  that’s nature of course but it seems hard, we also have at least a couple of pair of Moorhen and the pair of Little grebe that may have lost their eggs or chicks , will have to see what emerges in the next few days ,  the Otters seem to have moved on ,  a great sighting for us but one cannot but help feel sorry for the birds , only the third occaison on which we have seen Otters here though they probably visit other times and we don’t see them. The first time, some years back, an single Otter destroyed the nest and eggs of a pair of Coot ,,,,,,  they never tried again here !!

Inobservant observer ??

I took a walk round the main pond late yesterday afternoon, mainly in the expectation of hearing our first Willow warbler of the year or seeing a swallow or sand martin dip in on its way through, neither of these things occurred ! What I did see [ at last ] was the female Canada goose sitting very tight on her nest on the island, which is where we would expect her to be and where they always nest anyway , how I have not seen her before is a mystery,, and I have not seen her off the nest for days unless she does that at night !