Latest on the Cygnets

We thought at one time they were going to split up but It seems the six cygnets are still happy to stay together, but no doubt mam and dad will be giving hints very shortly.

A couple of Jays have been a frequent visitor to the feeders, a couple of photos of one is attached.

Bob and Bri

Cygnets on the move

The six local cygnets have been flying for some time now, but were grounded for a while during the strong winds. This morning after one of their explorations, they arrived back at the fishing pond, see photo,

Two small flights of Whoopers, one of four and the other of nine, passed over this morning, probably see a few more over the next few good weather days.

Still a few Stonechats about caught a couple this morning.

Bri

A Great Sunrise

The view of the mountains has been missing for quite a time and this morning their they were back in full panorama.

No wind either produced ideal conditions for reflections in the ponds, but no toast, the turbines weren’t turning.

Added a couple of photos taken at the feeders.

Bri

New Bridge

We have finally built a replacement bridge over the ditch between the feeders, see photos. The old one was found after a tip off by another dog walker, it had been cut down and was being used as a form of step ladder in one of the air raid shelters, we also found all our other equipment taken from our shelter. These same people also cut through the camera cable to one of the owl boxes, hopefully they have gone now and do not return.

Natural England employed a contractor at the beginning of the month to remove the Japanese Rose from the side of the long pond, see photos, making access along the west side much easier.

Bob and Bri

Is the first snow of the season

No, just the aftermath of storm Ophelia. Rough weather often produces foam but today it was an overdose of soap suds, and the strong wind picking it off the tide edge and depositing it over the field, see photos.

Bob and Bri

Lots of Goldfinch

The goldfinch are now in flocks looking for the best seed, one flock of about 50 is in the area just before the tip and the other approx 200 is in the first field. One photo of a couple feeding on Ragwort is attached.

A few Tufted have arrived back on the long pond, see shot of a male in the eclipse stage.

Also arrived back are the Herons, which are often seen on the fishing and long ponds.

Bob and Bri

Spot the real one

A Wheatear perched first on a post then on one of the camouflage birds on the new gate, see photo.

We have just finished checking and cleaning the bird boxes, not one of the best years, but six nested and flew and left a total of 6 eggs between them, three were abandoned and one, a Great Tit, left 5 eggs, probably due to a Magpie’s nest 3 foot above and the last box had a large hole ripped into the bottom and side.

Bob and Bri