Another dry day but with a cool easterly breeze. Brian must have been up yesterday and opened the gate at the top of the long pond, cows were spread on both sides of the gate and not very happy,. lots of calling and wandering, then the penny dropped and we realised the calves were missing.
Took some photos of Blue Tits,Robin and Bullfinch, at the owl bench, and waterfowl on one of the small square ponds.
A beautiful sunrise this morning, couple of shots over the airfield and the new tower.
There are still a few swans about the number varies day to day.
Also a few Magpies and one caught on top of cow’s back.
The tides are fairly low this week, caught a few Oystercatchers resting at Earnse Bay.
Today we counted a total of 13 swans, two residents on the fishing pond, a single on the north square pond and a group of 10 on the long pond, one of the group had a number 4CPA, not previously recorded.
Yesterday we were talking to Roy, one of the bird recorders and after we mentioned the increase in the number of swans and their ring identities, he was very interested because he thought they were ones he had previously rung himself on Ormsgill reservoir.
When we have confirmation we will add it to the blog.
The swan numbers are now up to 15 including the resident pair, which are normally found on the fishing pond, all the others are usually on the long pond.
One pair are usually at the top end of the pond, one has a number H6P, which we know was tagged on Ormsgill reservoir in August 2011, the remainder are normally at the south end, and two numbers are 4CVS and 4BTC. All are Blue rings with White writing, see photos.
Brian has cut the fields, first time for three years, lets hope it encourages more variety of flowers next year.
One of the owl boxes was removed, to be replaced due to it’s poor condition, contained three eggs. The last time it was checked, before the camera stopped working, was 27th Sept last year. This is the second time Barn Owls have abandoned the nest.