Friday, 2 March 2012

The pond...

I've been editing all day so took a short trip to Holywell at about 17:30. There's was a bit of what seemed to be a fret, but the sun was burning through it, creating a strange but calming light. 80+ Greylag Geese were feeding in the West Field, along with 5 Pink-Footed Geese and a single European White-Fronted Goose.

The top feeding station was quiet, but both Blackbird and Song Thrush sang from the tree tops. I caught up with the Tree Sparrows further down the track, in the Blackthorns, presumably going to roost.

The pond itself was busier than it has been, clearly bearing the signs of spring, 6 Coot showed the forming of territories, Little Grebes were calling with 5 in total on the pond (does the Little Grebe call have its own name?) and a couple of Moorhen battled it out on the far side. Joining them were 10 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 14 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, and 5 Teal.

A single Grey Heron, and 35 Curlew stood on the shore at the public hide.

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