The rain yesterday brought out a few of last years Common Toad toadlets, they have survived the winter and now hoping to reach full size before the next one.
Also a rare sighting of a pair of Shoveler ducks were spotted on one of the smaller ponds, photo was taken of the male.
A beautiful Easter weekend as forecast, makes a pleasant change,and the migrating birds are taking advantage of this high pressure to move north. Lots of Swallows are passing through and the locals have moved back into the stables, Warblers are returning, Willow Warblers are plenty and we have heard three Grasshopper Warblers. The Stonechats remained here through the winter, and now the males are perching high up claiming their territory.
The warm weather also brings out the idiots and yesterday was no exception, see attached photos.
The moth numbers dropped during the past few really cold nights but have now picked up again, a few photos are attached.
On the way along the channel side to check on the Natterjack ponds, there were four sheep with one new lamb and unfortunately another lamb drowned in a pool, then further on a dead Badger on the tide line, these high tides have probably caught them both unawares.
Finally, this rapid increase in temperature caused the Highland cow to cool off.
We have taken advantage of this dry weather and put the moth traps out overnight and even though the temperature has dropped to near freezing, we have caught a total of 117 with 10 varieties.
The Shelduck are now pairing up and can be seen flying and calling to one another, looking for a disused burrow to nest. Four were on the long pond on Friday, see photos.
It’s still only early April but the May Flowers have started to bloom, see photo.
Spring has sprung, the local birds are pairing up, a couple of Woodpigeon have had an early start and are already sitting, with the nest in an unusual position, below the path, see photo.
Natterjacks have already started laying, the attached photo shows the first tadpoles starting to emerge.
Coot have not been seen for at least a couple of years but this morning, two were on the long pond, see photo.
In addition to the normal visitors at the feeders there have been a few larger varieties, and this morning five Mallard drakes were waiting, managed to capture two on camera, see other photos and video.Magpie and Carrion Crows at feeders 25 th March…
Latest news on the swans, the female (white ring TYP) of the pair that have nested over the past few years, has been missing for a few weeks and it’s Male partner? has been on it’s own on the fishing pond. (coincidentally we also found the remains of two swan wings but unfortunately no legs to confirm it was definitely the female TYP)
The good news is that two other swans have taken up residence on the long pond and hopefully they will nest this year.