Not much to say about the swans this week, they are looking fit and healthy and with the ice melting partly on the pond they can feed from the bottom again.
They are well fed also by the passers-by who bring bread, barley and corn. Continue reading “Swan Diary #3 (2013)”
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.
The day started well as I was cycling along the dirt path on my journey to the pond, a young Rabbit cut across the path.The weather was a vast improvement of the past few days as blue skies were appearing in early morning.
As I got nearer the pond I spotted a few Sparrows look for food in the nearby field, so I stopped and took some photos.
All along the telephone wires I could see Swallows and House Martins sitting and taking off to skim the tops of the field while
The constant ‘chatter’ of these amazing little birds is what always reminds me of summertime.
I was amazed to see, at first two Herons in the far field, until I scanned the horizon and then I counted three, then as I scanned left and right I spotted another two .That was five altogether, I,ve only ever seen one on various rivers.
Even the gulls were resting all along the fencing.
As I threw some food to the Moorhen I watched it swim to the far reeds to pass it on to one of its chicks.
The chick then dis-appeared back into the safety of the reeds
As I cycled home , again (like last week) I came across a Buzzard on some telephone wires. I stopped and took out my binoculars and watched fascinated, as it dropped into the field, out of sight for a moment, then taking flight with a vole in its clutches.
After the excitement of discovering a new family on the pond last week, today was a pretty quiet day with the new chicks hiding away in the reeds on the far side.
I actually got the breed wrong !
What I thought were Coot chicks, were actually Moorhens, which have very distinctive red and yellow bill compared to the Coot,s who are white billed.
When I was on my way home, I came across a Buzzard sitting on some wires,I quicky got off my bike and managed to get these few shots before it took flight.
Today, I went to the pond early in the morning, after another week of torrential rain in Scotland the weather held off long enough for me to observe the latest ‘news‘ on the Pond.
The Cygnets are looking more like adults than ever and there long slender necks are a site to behold.
The Ducks too are growing at a rapid rate, but its the Coots who stole the show this week. After me thinking there was no chance of any eggs hatching, what did I see on the far side ? Five young babies swimming along with mum and dad.
Take a look at the photos I got below.
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Yesterday’s trip to the Swan Pond was a washout, torrential rain put a halt to my filming and after taking cover under some trees I headed home for a warm coffee and a seat in front of the TV to watch Stage 1 of this years Tour de France.
So it was with a sense of hope that I headed down to the pond this morning for ‘Take 2′ of Swan Diaries, Week 6.
The cygnets are about a third the size of mum and dad now and there front is showing a bit of white feathering coming through.
On my bike ride home I spotted a field which was a sea of buttercups with a few ponies in it.
Also the wheat fields are growing quickly, and it’s so nice to see the waves that the wind creates brushing through field.
The Pond was brimming with wildlife this morning, the Cygnets were looking even bigger than last week and there feathers are showing the first signs of going white. The Ducks are about the same size as the adults and I was finding difficulty telling the adults from the young.
I could hear a Buzzard above me, so I got out the binoculars and spotted a crow chasing it into the trees away in the distance. Managed to get a few pics of the Damselflies that were at the side of the pond.