I was checking on the remaining 7 Mute swan cygnets and they were all there and accounted for.
And there's a happy outcome regarding the "missing" 8th cygnet. I fell into conversation with Tom and Jim (Police Community Support Officers) who were patrolling the park on their cycles. They are operating a "safe park" scheme which I might become involved with.
Regular readers will have seen my former post (a couple of weeks ago) about the cygnet not looking at all good, out on the pond on its own and obviously not able to move. This picture shows it at that time. It had (as I had feared) been caught on some fishing line and couldn't move from the spot. The good news however, is that it had been taken to the Swan Sanctuary (not far away) where it is still being looked after - Phew!
This was the cygnet unable to move! I'm so pleased that's it's now being looked after and that the man fishing took the appropriate action to let the Park Ranger know of the bird's plight!
Whilst looking for something completely differnet, I found this video footage of the whole family on YouTube - filmed by someone else and unknown to me. If you watch it till the end, you may feel like applauding!
In excess of 40 Fallow deer today in two different groups. The colours of these deer varies from all cream, through the beautiful dappled colouring, to this very dark brown. Deer coloured such seem to be in the minority!
The three very young Egyptian Geese Goslings were swimming around - they are so much later than all the other wildfowl families!
On the usual "Cormorant" island (my choice of name), one of the normal three was sunning itself and trying to keep cool!
This Red-crested Pochard was not very "crested" today and the red was confined to just its beak. Looks a little sad (colourwise) as it goes into eclipse!
Now I don't know what this is but its often on the pond - it too is beginning its summer moult. Its normally on its own and I've never seen more than just the one.