Friday, 17 May 2013

Greylag Nursery

I am trying not to be too disappointed at Standlake Common Nature Reserve that we have no lapwings or redshanks nesting this year. Even the mute swan has given up. But we do seem to be the most des res for greylags. Eleven or twelve families are in full nursery mode and are a delightful sight to see as they move around the lake and shoreline.

I haven't yet seen where they nest, they just suddenly appear with their broods of 10+ chicks in tow.
I was feeling quite sorry for this couple as they only appeared to have two chicks left then I realised that the others had found a nice cosy shelter.

Soon afterwards they were off for some swimming practice.


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