Monday, 1 April 2013

A pair of Grey Wagtails and a Moorhen family

Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
On Wednesday we had our last work party of the winter at Heyshott. Afterwards I called in at Arundel and found a pair of Grey Wagtails by Lake Swanbourne. On the pond outside Arundel WWT there was a pair of Moorhens feeding six chicks which must have been just a few days old. Inside the reserve a female Mute Swan sat on her throne.

On Thursday Roger arrived for a couple of days and I took him to Arundel to find the Grey Wagtails. As we approached the outflow from Lake Swanbourne I described the birds to him and looked downstream for them. "Are they like these?" he asked, pointing to the pair of wagtails sitting on a branch overhanging the water. I think I'll be hearing about this again...
Heyshott - last winter fire
Yew gone
Primrose, Primula vulgaris, foodplant for the Duke of Burgundy butterfly
Arundel:
Chiffchaff, Hylloscopus collybita
Chiffchaff, Hylloscopus collybita
Chiffchaff, Hylloscopus collybita
Chiffchaff, Hylloscopus collybita
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
Egyptian Geese, Alopochen aegyptiacus
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
Egyptian Goose, Alopochen aegyptiacus
Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
Grey Wagtail feeding
Grey Wagtail shaking and wagging
Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
Moorhens, Gallinula chloropus


Moorhen chick
Moorhens with fish
Moorhens feeding cranefly to chick



Mute Swan, Cygnus olor on nest


Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus
Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus
Lesser White-fronted Goose, Anser erythropus
By Lake Swanbourne:
Roger's Grey Wagtails, Motacilla cinerea
Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea

Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
Grey Wagtails feeding together
Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
Chiffchaff, Hylloscopus collybita

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