Today again to the “Baillon’s crake reserve“.
In a canal near the entrance, two male common pochard (later, a female).
Over ten tufted ducks, grey lag geese.
Canada geese, great crested grebes.
In the canal close to the southern lake, where I yesterday saw reed buntings and a blue tit in the reedbeds, now a little grebe, great crested grebe, Canada goose and mute swan swimming. And a female mallard with five ducklings.
Coot, moorhen, oystercatcher, lapwing.
In the southern lake, shoveler ducks.
Two black-tailed godwits standing in the water. Teal resting on banks. A gadwall swimming. Redshank sound.
On the footpath, a dead water vole.
Water voles making a comeback… in Cheshire, at least: here.
Prisoners in Their Habitat? Generalist Dispersal by Habitat Specialists: A Case Study in Southern Water Vole: here.
Scottish water voles have been found to travel enormous distances, enabling them to persist in fragmented habitats: here.
At the northern lake: redshanks. Still hundreds of black-tailed godwits.
A kittle ringed plover again.
A hare running on the dike near the railway.
Two Canada geese drive away two mute swans.
A spoonbill between the great cormorants on a muddy island.
A chiffchaff singing.
A greenfinch singing.
In the northern meadow: a hare running, and Egyptian geese.
A goldfinch singing in a willow tree.
June 2011: Experts are celebrating rocketing numbers of water voles in Gloucestershire’s waterways after the latest survey showed hundreds were living in the county: here.
April 2011: The arrival of the European ‘brown’ hare in Mid Ulster and West Tyrone in Ireland, has prompted a stark warning about the future of the native Irish hare: here.