Friday 11 July 2014

All three Tawny Owlets could be seen today, though not very clearly. They were sitting in a row in their favourite chestnut tree near the leaf yard. The middle one woke up just enough to peer at me with one eye, then went to sleep again.

The male Little Owl was also in his usual chestnut tree, but had chosen a different branch which gave an impressive view of him.

The Reed Warbler family were very active, and you could hear the male singing from across the lake. This is one of the young ones, less cautious than the adults.

This is a view along the water's edge at Peter Pan, showing three Mallard ducklings and the miraculously surviving Coot chick.

The Great Crested Grebes were changing places at the east end of the island. This is the female getting off the nest.

Possibly there is a slight glimpse of eggs showing on the nest. When the male got on, he spent some time apparently turning eggs, but I couldn't get a better view into this distant, dark place.

A Wood Pigeon was eating some very unripe elderberries near the bridge.

It seems an odd choice -- you would have thought there was more palatable food around at this time.

The Grey Herons at least never go short of food, since they will take anything from Cheezy Wotists to live rabbits.

A flock of Long-Tailed Tits passed through the treetops near the bridge, accompanied by Blue Tits. This is a young one, still a bit fluffy but but no longer dependent, and foraging efficiently with the adults.

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