Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Willow Warbler was singing near the bridge, the second time I've heard it there this year.

The group of Rose-Ringed Parakeets was again feeding on the ground near the leaf yard.

The mystery of what they are doing has at least partly been cleared up, thanks to several observations by Virginia, Jorgen and myself. First, they always seem to be male -- the ones with no pink neck ring are probably immature males -- and they are probably hanging around in a kind of mens' club while their mates are on their nests. Secondly, they are always eating dandelion leaves, which apparently they find delicious. (And indeed, very young dandelion leaves are excellent in salads for humans.) This close-up picture is by Virginia.

Virginia also found and photographed a second Grey Wagtail, which is encouraging. The one we knew about before was missing toes on one of its feet, but this one is not. So we might have a breeding pair this year.

Several pairs of Long-Tailed Tits were flying around the bushes beside the Long Water.

The male Little Owl near the leaf yard was out enjoying the sunshine.

So was a Holly Blue butterfly -- thanks to Tom for this excellent picture.

The Coots nesting on the platform of Bluebird Boats were maintaining their nest among the confusion of boats and geese.

A Canada Goose chased off a Greylag.

Blondie the Egyptian Goose was also in a militant mood and attacked a Greylag that had got too close to her goslings.

The mother of the Coot chicks on the raft was away fighting another Coot, but her chicks were safe enough in the reeds. This is another picture by Virginia.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was trying to creep up on a pigeon from the water side.

A Great Crested Grebe was also keeping its head down, about to dive.

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