Grey, cold and windy. Three words that sum up the Spring weather we've had in my neck of the woods today. Rain had threatened - but still not materialised.
Earlier on today, I sent an email to the Wildlife Officer for Bushy Park commending him for the precautions he has taken to safeguard the Mute Swan parents.
By the afternoon, I couldn't resist any longer and had to go to Bushy Park to find out how many cygnets the pair of swans have had. Well I definitely found out. I took so many pictures and I'm still processing them, so they won't be ready to post until sometime tomorrow.
However, they were not the only point of interest today. As I drove over Hampton Court Bridge to get to the park, the calls of the Swifts announced their arrival - there were about 3 - 4. Couldn't tell exactly - I was driving at the time!!
A Grey Heron was intent upon finding a meal - which it did very successfully; it was dining off tadpoles of which there were hundreds!
I'd been taking pictures of the cygnets etc. and turned round to find this Fallow Deer buck. Now what I don't know (and need to find out) is whether the two protuberances on his head and the remains of last year's antlers or the new growth of this - I'm inclined towards the latter!
The inevitable Egyptian Goose flew over the pond
And I saw (for me) the first Red Crested Pochard family
That's all for now. I must get something to eat!!
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