This morning, prior to having to do some shopping, I saw two Lesser Redpolls on the feeders (one must have turned tail and run back to Richard!!) and a visit from the male Brambling. I was really surprised to see him; but very pleased nonetheless.
At the end of the afternoon, I had a very quick trip into Bushey Park. This was just to see if the Great Crested Grebes were there as a couple of days ago I couldn't find them. Well today, and this is where I'm taking a risk, I found them and managed a few more pictures.
The risk? I'm in danger of boring everyone silly with yet more Grebe tales!!
I walked to the little island and the Mute Swan was still on her nest as was the Coot that's nesting just a few feet away.
I saw the Grebes immediately I arrived. The coot, that took over their nest on the corner of the island, is still very much ensconced there, so the Grebes seem to have taken over an original nest.
However, I'm really concerned as this nest is between the small island and the bank - about 5-6 feet away from the bank and an easy distance for a dog etc. to jump across. I do hope they have a nest elsewhere and this was just temporary!!
The nest with the bank to the left.
The female was on the nest as I arrived and was prostrating as she does. At her side, the male was more interested in something below water level She wasn't calling this time and in a few seconds...
she was sitting up..
it was quite windy at that time, and a few feathers become somewhat ruffled
They both went hunting for supper and there was some success..however, just after this picture was taken, the fish was dropped and became the "one that got away"!
I left them to it, happy to know that they were still there.
As I arrived back at the car, a pair of Mandarins were on the opposite bank of a stream. The female was having a doze...
whilst the male strutted about looking important - as they do :D
A very aggressive coot arrived on the scene and chased the male into the water.
However, the mandarin soon rejoined his partner and they wandered off into the setting sun
(Well it wasn't actually setting - far too early - but it makes a good ending )
I will be keeping an eye on the Bushes and Painshill Grebes but I shall try not to comment too much about them.