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November 9th, 2012


Pond update

Recent visitors include a dabchick and a kingfisher, and then a goosander and a common gull which had tacked onto a flock of black headed gulls.Four more to add to my pond list.
The moorhens are still there as are the pond geese and a variable number of Mallards some of which are out of eclipse plumage so that the drakes have their brilliantly coloured heads ready to dazzle. The gender ratio remains at two drakes for each duck.
Some more settled weather would be really welcome just now; admittedly we have not had quite the excesses experienced elsewhere in Britain, let alone the rest of the world but our reservoirs locally are full and the ground is saturated and we do not need any more rain.
At home I need a good dry spell in order to be able to cut the hedge and the grass (I won't grace it with the word "lawn") for a final time this year and it would be really good to be able to get back into walking my walk more than once a week...its not that I'm soft, (perhaps I am getting that way,) but camera, binoculars and note book all do not function very well in the wet and as yet no one has invented windscreen wipers for spectacles which all goes to make seeing anything at all rather difficult, let alone be able to observe and record bird life.