Today has been a gloriously sunny day again and hard to believe that it's only April!
I headed off for a quick nip around Painshill Park. No sign of one of the Great Crested Grebes although the other one was on the nest. She stayed put for quite some time so I wasn't able to ascertain whether any more eggs have been laid.
The area hadn't been "cordoned off" in anyway, but more of that later.
She was looking about her most of the time; she might have been looking for her partner who I did not see at all throughout my visit there.
After a while, a coot dared to approach - and got hissed at in no uncertain terms
As I walked on from the reeds and irises, a Grey Heron landed on the pathway. In a shortwhile it flew off again and I noticed possible nesting material in its beak.
I followed it through and sure enough it fly up high into a tree..
where it soon became apparent that there were two of them
As I walked around the bend in the lake I came across a third one!
"Any fish down there?"
He eventually flew off.
Shortly followed by this Canada Goose
Wandering back with the purpose of leaving, a damselfly flew out of the lake and conveniently landed in an emerging fern.
I believe this is a Large Red Damselfly but if anyone can confirm - or otherwise - I'd be delighted!
Walking back, I came across a small area that I'd not discovered before. More formal planting, as this blooming Peony gave evidence to.
On the way back, I collected my newly repaired and cabled lawnmower; how much????
I'd also sent an email to Mark Ebdon yesterday, (who is the Estate Manager of Painshill) asking if the immediate area around the nesting Grebes could be cordoned off.
I'd had a response very quickly. In his response, whilst Mark was empathic, he felt that the danger was not too great (from the public) and could advertise the nest too much if attention was drawn to it by any netting/fencing. He anticipates that when the water Irises grow they will provide more cover than there is currently. He may have a point.
He also advised that there is a 2nd nest in the same place as one last year. Regrettably last year's fledglings (from this nest) were all predated. I'm now aware of the whereabouts of the 2nd nest so I shall visit that bit again when I'm next there. Mark also mentioned that whilst it's great that many wildfowl nest in the park, it's also heartbreaking when so many young are predated. I'm in total agreement there!
So tomorrow? I shall be cutting the remaining grass and hoping to leave the cable well alone!
And now the camera on my mobile phone has packed up and they need the phone for about 21 days to repair it - under warranty! I shall take it back in due course.
I wonder what's going to be third thing to go wrong????
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