Swans back

Two mornings ago a pair of swans landed on the main pond

And they are still with us this morning , no way of knowing if they are the same two that we see from time to time , but nice to see anyway. Following the devastating visit by Otters earlier in the year, the pond has been very quiet , in fact just one juvenile Moorhen to be seen !

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Wintery weather

The swans returned following the last spell of icy weather on Jean’s birthday, 23rd Jan.  but spent only a few days on the pond before the ice returned.

In this, admittedly pretty awful photo, we see them waddling across the frozen over water just before taking flight and disappearing again. That they quickly return once we have open water again makes us hopeful that they intend to spend the breeding season with us.

Chaffinchs queueing on a gutter in todays snowy conditions, waiting their turn on the bird feeders, all of which were very busy all day long.