Last week I took a longer-than-usual walk round my lunchtime patch, with the aim of logging all the birds I saw in much greater detail. It was very instructive.
For reasons that I suppose are mainly down to vanity, I always try to bump the circulation of many of these blogposts by promoting them on social media. It was after one such bit of shameless pushing of my wares that someone asked if I log all the sightings on the BTO’s BirdTrack. The truth is while I tend to log noteworthy sightings, I rarely make a decent survey. So I thought I should.
In the spirit of honesty I should say that I didn’t have my binoculars with me so many smaller birds were missed. But it was interesting to learn just how many geese there are!
Most impressive was the way the Pochard numbers have become established. Only a month back I was saying how odd it was to see two. Now there are a dozen in a little gang, hanging around sunbathing on the same log every day.
The Black Swan has found temporary respite on a smaller lake, and the Mutes have moved on to bullying Snow Geese. They’ve also established their nest site and are busy building it.
There is plenty of nest-building and I’ve identified several Coot nests, a Moorhen nest, a Wren’s nest, and a Blue Tit nest. Plenty of others are singing and nest-building too, including the Nuthatches. So as the spring and summer progresses there should be plenty of baby birds around.
Of course, nothing compensates for the ongoing and now, presumably certain, absence of the Great-crested Grebes. Quite what made them fail in their mating attempts from a month or so back we cannot be sure, but the lake will not be the same without the humbug-striped grebe chicks.
The complete list:
Barnacle Goose 10
Black Swan 1
Blue Tit 3
Canada Goose 45
Carrion Crow 5
Great Tit 2
Greylag Goose 59
Long-tailed Tit 2
Mute Swan 2
Snow Goose 27