|'Smudge' and her ducklings|
Wildlfie photography by AnnMackieMiller
|Male Mallard duck withouth white neck ring|
Duck pictures by AnnMackieMiller
Also in evidence were the two remaining mallard ducklings from the 1st brood that appeared on the canal. I was a bit worried when I saw them because they were 'hiding' in the goose nest that is abandoned - well not completely abandoned because the silly goose came along and chased them away. But they did appear to be on their own. A little later the mother turned up with a male in tow. I suspect this is a new mate.
|Mallard duckling pictures by AnnMackieMiller|
Further down, near the allotments, the goslings there had a poor attempt to climb the banking where their old nest was but it is just too steep. The adults then led them to the Greenhill, where they were brought up. Interestingly they picked a spot right in the centre, in plain view to brood the goslings. I wonder if they feel safer when they can see the danger coming toward them. Certainly there were some who were very vocal in their disgust at the new residents.
|White geese and goslings|
Wildlife photography by AnnMackieMiller
The Micklethwaite moorhens appear to have given up on the nest at Greenhill. It has been repeatedly distroyed by the cattle and now they have a little nest on the other side of the swing bridge, nestled under a bush at the old mill.
|Nesting moorhen pciture by AnnMackieMiller|
No sign of any new moorhen chicks from the other two nest, but the adults are still sitting on them. I am now sure the one at the weir was a non producer. I suspect the female there mated with one of last years's juveniles from Greenhill. Doesn't seem to have been a match made in heaven.
Thorn the gosling seemed to be behaving today and I've documented his day on Squidoo - The gosling who lives under the hawthorn tree
I'm pretty sure this wee soul has a twisted beak - maybe all that falling on it he did on his first day but it doesn't seem to hamper him in any way.
|Gosling picture by AnnMackieMiller|
Just about to go back down to see what is happening today!