The morning calm on the fishing pond was broken by the fighting between two male swans, the resident pair had moved back from the long pond, where they have been for the past month, to find another male, who has been safely keeping out of their way, until this morning.
This male has no chance against the resident, his neck is much smaller in diameter and is no match against the larger male, see the video attached.
You would think after all the fighting he would take the first opportunity to leave but he was still there two hours later.
The two areas near the seat are now in full bloom, see photos, the actual location can be seen on the attached copy of Google map. The clump on the left are under the tree canopy and not easy to find, but the undergrowth around the others has been cleared and are much easier to view.
At the moment we are down to the original nesting pair on the long pond, (female white ring (TYP)
and on on the fishing pond one (male no ring)
On the others we had late last year, Colin from the south end has given us the details:-
4CVS – Forton Lancs – 17/9/17
H6P – Ormsgill Reservoir – 14/8/11
4BTC – Thurnham Lancs – 20/8/15
4CPA – Ormsgill Reservoir – 14/9/16
The tree surgeons have been back clearing areas around wet spots, and this time have burned the cuttings, not sure if they have yet finished, will attach photos as soon as we think the job is complete.
Bob and Bri
As we set off on the walk yesterday, just before sunrise (reason photos are grainy), a Song Thrush was breaking up a snail and too focused to notice us.
The new airfield tower is near completion and on Saturday managed to catch the sun rising behind.
Waders were again at the edge of the tide on Saturday see shots.
Ponds were frozen hard on Saturday with only small holes of water kept open by the swans, see photos.
This cold snap has brought lots of birds to the feeders, see some of the photos below,
and encouraged three Herons, two Goldeneye and a pair of Mergansers to look for food in the ponds.
It was high tide when returning to the car and a few waders were found resting on the rocks at Earnse Bay.