The grass had to be cut today and the water reservoir of the fountain emptied and cleaned out (a job I definitely do not like)
But this morning I felt I should check on those 8 Cygnets in Bushy Park so duly set off
As I arrived, the male flew away farther down the pond
where he was closer to his family
And I'm delighted to report, that all 8 cygnets are present and correct!
Whilst warm, it was dull and grey and Mum was still popular for having a snuggle!
Whilst we are very young, we do need the occasional 40 winks
And I was pleased to see the Great Crested Grebe still around - pity s/he's on its own though :(
This Jackdaw was hovering around by the Swan family, but Mum kept it at bay!
A Red-crested Pochard was having a preen
(I noticed it's been ringed)
On then to the Woodland Gardens. On the way I'd noticed movement in the distance. As I neared the "movement" turned out to be seven young rabbits
Into the Woodland Gardens, and I noticed this flying long before it landed in the water. Now I've looked at Queen Wasps and Hornets and I can't find exact matched for either. It was much larger than a wasp so - ID help needed please?
Around the pond in the Woodlands at least 6 Banded Demoisells were on the plants
and as I walked along beside a large tree I came across these which, I think, are Cardinal Beetles
Many of these were in flower lining the banks of the streams
whilst the Azaleas and Rhododendrons were colourfully blooming!
and clambering over the gate that joined the Woodland Gardens to the main park, the Wisteria tumbled down in blue!
After that and back at home out came the lawnmower. 99.5% finished, emptied the cuttings bags, went to start it the mower and would it! NO!! Changed the fuse - still no joy. So tomorrow it goes back to the repairers who currently have a three-week turn round for repairs! Hey ho
But the water reservoir's been emptied; the pump's been taken apart and cleaned; and I'm now feeling rather pleased I can tick those off my list. Now - it's the weeding etc. etc. etc.
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