I took a chance on the weather and headed over to the London Wetland Centre. It was dull, cloudy and the wind was blowing a gale. Bumped into a few people I knew and they, like me, couldn't find the Sedge and Reed Warblers that were singing their cotton socks off. It seemed they were lining the paths! The wind was blowing the reeds about so much, that they were almost being flattened!
Not much about from the hides. A Green Woodpecker dived into the bushes and probably went out the other side. It was going to be one of those days!
On the way into the visitor centre, the Mute Swans were still brooding eggs at the feet of Sir Peter Scott. Consensus suggests there are anything from 4 to 6 eggs.
These are the "other" two swans
As I came out into the courtyard, I was aware of twittering close by. House Sparrows are nesting high up on the wall of the visitor centre. If you look closely at the picture below, you will see a gap in the wall (about the middle of the two nest boxes and about 4 bricks down). These gaps are purpose built as nesting sites, and it was in this one that the Sparrow had a brood.
Along the path and in the usual spot, frogs were taking the air!
A wren flew out of the bushes and paused very briefly - of course I was shooting straight into the light!
Around the other side of the visitor centre, and whilst having a welcome cuppa, I noticed Starlings were coming and going with food in their beaks.
They too were occupying a "cavity" nesting hole.
This one was odd. It went into the hole several times with food and, came out again still with food. We concluded that either a) the young didn't like what was on the menu, b) they had fledged or c) no ideas!
Just underneath one of the windows of the hide, the Lapwing was finding plenty to eat.
Following a tip off, I headed round to one of the hides, to discover this family of Little Grebes. Mum, Dad and four youngsters. Unfortunately (for me) they were resting in amongst the reeds and although the adults were feeding the young very occasionally, it was almost impossible to get any pictures. The very strong winds were blowing the reeds around too much for the camera (and me) to focus.
Might not have seen very much or had as much time as I'd wished, but I enjoyed what I saw.
And now? Could be we lose the winds and rain and have some sun please?
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