Well we are now into the New Year and all is well….well nearly all. We’ve had a variety of weather conditions but nothing too drastic.
A nice sunset to lull the ducks into a restful state before the fireworks at midnight. One of the consequences is that our population of 36 has suddenly increased to 44 so maybe some
saw me unloading sacks of food from the car and decided to change ponds. Also I am assuming that most of the ducks are pregnant judging by the amorous activities on the pond. There is a bit of argy-bargy with the drakes too, as I’m not sure every one has a mate.
We’re having the occasional frost which reduces the size of the pond but there is still enough space for them all to swim. This is important as we have a poor limpy drake
whose left leg has been getting progressively worse over the last few weeks.He does make it onto the bank to be fed and gets more treats than the others. Just recently he’s been taking food from my hand. He must find it uncomfortable on land so eases the pain in the water. I imagine he damaged it from a heavy or clumsy landing.
I’m having trouble with the pigeon who is constantly attacking my bird feeder intended for the song birds. But I was amused to see it on the ice this morning, and nearly coming to grief stepping into a hole. Imagine my delight when I got the camera out and it repeated the feat. (I think it is just having a drink and a cold bath).
The other news is that a fourth moorhen has turned up so the 2016 chick who didn’t leave home, and is still being chased by a parent, may have found a mate. I’ll keep an eye out for them, as well as waiting for Clive and Clara the coots to return and also my robin.