Monday, 9 June 2014

Sparrowhawks and Ducklings

I've been lucky enough this year to be able to follow the story of our local Sparrowhawk pair at the nest, today I've spent the majority of my time in the little hide. The first chick hatched this morning, allowing me to witness some of its first feeds, I also had the privilege of seeing the musket at the nest, a rare sight !

This evening I had a quick trip along to Holywell, the pond held 17 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 13 Tufted, 5 Pochard, 3 Coot, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 1 Canada Goose with 5 goslings, the cob Mute Swan, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, and 5 Gadwall including this female with 9 ducklings !