I know now that I have three (rather than the previous two) blackcaps visiting the garden as yesterday, I saw two males at the same time and I also have a female. Regretably the Bramblings and Pied Wagtail have disappeared but I suppose I can't have it all! (Oh I know - I shouldn't be greedy) The goldfinches still visit in great numbers with recently, there never being less than 20 on any one day. This is now beginning to be quite normal for my garden.
Today I decided to have a quick nip along various points of the River Thames; given the snow melt and the following rain the river is dangerously high but fortunately, it's receding - phew!
It's ironic that out in Australia they are having record breaking heat and fires whilst here in the UK we've had more snow than we've had for 20 years and now some flood alerts as a result. What a topsy-turvey weather world we live in!
However, I digress - a pictorial account of my wander along the Thames and River Ember!
Swollen River Thames at Hampton Court
With a few of the birds
near Molesey Lock
From Hampton Court I went further upstream to Walton-on-Thames and the bridge
Many swans and Canada and Greylag Geese - although this one I believe is a bit of both!
Rather haughty trio of Greylags
On my way home I stopped and had a wander through the field (in my road) to the River Ember. Needless to say the river here was very full also.
But what did surprise me was the lone male Wigeon
There are hundreds of gulls in my area and this is evidenced by their flights over the area when they go to roost. It's quite spectacular and I'm sure most people are totally unaware of the waves upons waves of gulls going over.
This display involved the gulls circling overhead - don't know what was happening but it was about 4.00 p.m. (ish) so whether this was a pre-roost gathering or not??
If anyone has any theories?.......
Padstow & Lanhydrock
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