Swan Diary #12

A SURE SIGN OF WINTER

It was the last day of November and the past  two days the temperatures dropped dramatically, so when I got up the sun was shining and a bike ride to the pond was a must.I rode down and ignoring the winter chill made my way along the Bannockburn path to the Swans Pond.

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Swan Diary #11

Yesterday was a fine, sunny, Autumnal day so I took the opportunity to visit the Swan Pond. As I reported last week the swans had migrated and only the Ducks a few moorhens are there just now. Also some seagulls looking for easy meals from the local people bringing bread and corn seeds on there daily walks.

As I approached the pond I always check out the far fields where the Herons usually sit. My binoculars panned to the far off wood and I was rewarded with a magnificent site of a Roe Deer feeding on the grass in front.

As I looked I then realised there were three deer, I quickly got my camera and took a few photos, unfortunately my camera isn’t equipped with a powerful lens but at least I got some images.

I changed to movie mode and I filmed them as they made their way into the Heron field. It was so thrilling to watch them albeit from afar.

Roe Deer

Roe Deer picture 1The roe deer is primarily found in areas of mixed woodland but is capable of adapting to a wide variety of habitats. It is a small deer and is reddish-brown in summer, while greyer in winter months. The roe deer is generally more solitary than its larger red cousin, and is to be found at lower altitudes. They are distinguishable facially by a black ‘moustache’ stripe and white chin, and also by a cream coloured rump patch. Male roe deer are larger than females and have short antlers bearing no more than three points.When to see this species : Spring, Autumn

 

Swan Diary #10

Yesterday I took a bike ride down to the pond, I hadn’t been for a few weeks and with it being a lovely sunny day I did opportunity to check out the wildlife.

Although it was crispy cold, it was a fantastic Autumn day, the leaves on the trees are changing colour and the paths are now like carpets of leaves.

As I approached i could see away in the far side of the field two Herons looking for food.There was no sign of any swallows or martins, where a few weeks before there had need one or two.

The pond itself was quiet I didn’t see any ducks swans at all from a distance. As I got nearer i could see feathers all along the banks and in the swans nest on the far side.

I threw some bread into the pond and at last the ducks came into view from my left. Amongst them were some young coots which was good to see.

The Swans were nowhere to be seen, and I can only speculate that they have moved to warmer climates for the winter.

Swan Diary #9

I took a bike ride down to the swan pond yesterday,the sun was shining but the signs of autumn approaching are clear. The reeds and leaves on the trees are turning, the bustling noisy swallows that I seen in the summer are long gone with only a few stragglers remaining.

Swan Pond
5th October 2012

 

The geese are gathering in the fields getting ready for their long journeys ahead. As I got nearer the pond, the cygnets and swans greeted me and I couldn’t believe the size of them.Fully grown now, the cygnets are larger than their parents.

Cygnets are as big as their parents now.

Young Moorhen Chick

Cygnets feeding on the reeds

‘All the family’