Down at my local bird pond the Mute Swan was still sitting on her nest. Hopefully in the next week or so she will be on the pond with her cygnets.
The Heron was on its usual post on the pond.
Otter On River Avon
Walking along the banks of the River Avon we stopped to have a look over the river with our binoculars. A ripple could be seen in the water but no birds were in sight. As we looked we could see an otter's head appear briefly on the surface before disappearing again. Unfortunately we were unable to get a photograph of it.
As we left the path beside the riverbank we heard a screeching noise in some bushes. As we walked over to see what was causing the noise, two small Polecats appeared with one chasing the other. The one in the rear gave up the chase after a short time allowing the one on the front to disappear into some bushes ahead.
Our next port of call was the large pond with the nesting Whooper Swan. On our previous visits we have only seen the female Swan but today the male was present.
|Male Mute Swan takes to the Water|
|"Just going to sort out these Whooper Swans"|
|Mute Swan (front) chasing the Whooper Swan.|
Eventually the Mute Swan flew off and after a few minutes the Whooper Swan's head popped up from the long grass and he flew back to his island home. The Mute Swan then attacked him again before being joined by the female Mute Swan and the cygnets.
|Female Mute Swan and Cygnets|
|Mute Swan Family|
It had been an eventful day.