I'm currently on Grandson duty which means the school run. Consequently my day is a tad shorter than normal - but it's great having him.
Firstly - the frogspawn that was being produced from 25 February is no longer frog spawn. I'd been noticing that the little black dots that first represented the spawn had become wriggly "brown worms" and, in the last couple of days, the spawn has gone and now there are hundreds of tiny tadpoles; so now I shall be watching for the appearance of legs and arms etc.
I had an hour to spare so I had a dash to Bushey Park. Still no sign of the Great Crested Grebes although I did only have time to walk the first third of the pond and use binoculars to scan the remainder - to no avail. Weather permitting I hope to go back in the next couple of days for a more comprehensive look.
Next to check was the progress of the two Egyptian Goslings in the Woodland Gardens. They are still there, still OK and now the difference in their size is even more noticable.
On arrival in the Gardens, I witnessed a viscious fight between two crows. If you're feeling nervous, the outcome was a happy one with the victim surviving and flying off! What was interesting is that there were about eight other crows in the surrounding trees making an incredible racket - as though they were cheering on the two fighters.
The Egyptian Geese Goslings - doing fine!
Here you can see how significantly bigger one is from the other. I find this very strange
and having a leg and wing stretch.
The gardens are becoming very colourful now with Daffodils, Vinca, Magnolia flowers starting to open, lots of Blossom and the like. I didn't have the landscape lens with me today but nonetheless....
Bursting buds of Magnolia
All this followed by a quick dash to school.
When the sun wasn't out it was extremely cold in the wind!
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