Grebes & mandarin

Before getting down to the title subject I thought I’d show you this from Sunday. A pair of mallards on the canal. You can hardly see her but he sticks out like a sore thumb.

Anyhoo: on to the grebes:
Anyone who’s been following my blog (all 3 of you) knows that I’ve been a bit … aah … obsessed with the grebes on Godfrey’s pond. Last year there were three pairs, two of which reared young. One pair stayed and has overwintered, if winter’s over, while the others took off for destinations unknown.

Well, one pair’s back. I assume they’re the same pair ’cause they are hanging about around where they had their nest last year. The reared two chicks there and if they’re starting this early I expect great things of them. I haven’t caught them doing any of the display dancing yet but watch this space.

For the interested, there’s more pics of the happy couple on this sub-page here.

When I first saw them I thought that they were the resident pair, but no! They were still down at the other end of the pond. Pics of them are on this sub-page here.

But the highlight of the day is the reappearance of the mandarin.

Isn’t he a beautiful bird?

He seems to be doing his usual trick of tagging on to a pair of mallards. He apparently ‘adopted’ a duck and her brood last year just below Turnerwood.
A few more pics are on this sub-page here.

3 thoughts on “Grebes & mandarin

  1. The grebes are lovely and stately. Are both old grebes at the other end of the pond? You only seem to have shown one. The ‘spot the female duck’ picture is amazing. She really is well camouflaged.



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