Garden birds update: The Brambling, I assume. has now moved on as I've not seen him for about 3 days - however, this morning I had a lone male Siskin. This is the second sighting so pleased about that!
Talk about March coming in as a lamb and going out as a lion? Really strong winds, scudding black clouds and torrential rain. So I had a quick dash around my local to look for the Great Crested Grebes. AND...... fanfare.... they are still there. I had time to walk further around the water and found them behind a small island which is where I saw them with their young last year.
Unfortunately, from a photographic point of view, they've chosen a place which is not easy to see, let alone take pictures of. However, I managed to witness yet more evidence ensuring the future of the species!! Not any pictures really of this activity as the light was more like the middle of the night than mid afternoon; added to which the wind was so strong that I was having difficulty holding the camera still!
On the same island was a Coot's nest and a Mute Swan's. The "island" can only be about 10 x 6 feet!
This tuftie, as a result of the high winds, was having a "bad hair day"
The female prostrates herself to the male who
having acknowledged her very clear intentions swims away
They then came around to the side of the island nearest to the bank where I was standing and I managed these shots - the individual shots are all of the male.
Finally they swam around the island with the female settling on the nest again.
I will be returning regularly to check on progress!
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