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Cuckoo calling on the Trap Grounds this afternoon.
Butterflies enjoying the sunshine: Speckled Wood and Orange-Tip. Six Slow Worms basking in the warmth.
Reed Warbler singing from the reedbed.
Hen Mallard with nine ducklings in pond off boardwalk. Also Ethel seen sitting on her nest whilst Ernest foraging.
A pair of Jays nest building
Orange tip and speckled wood butterflies flying about and orange tips landing on dandelions, in the meadow.
A Heron on the boardwalk, and fishing in the Mill Stream pond
Cowslips, Dog's Mercury, and Ransoms (wild garlic) all in flower.
A young Muntjac deer with its mother (several days ago). Bank Voles skittering around in the undergrowth.
Our resident pair of swans mated on 26 March. Blackcaps are back and singing in the woodland.
Orgies of mating frogs and toads (at least 30 individuals at any one time) in the shallow waters of Swan Pond.
About 6 toads all swimming about together and getting close up in pairs, at the side of the SwanPond, probably a group mating.
A pair of frogs mating along Frog Lane
Possible scarlet elf cup, towards the back near the railway line.
One of our Muntjac Deer, in the woodland beyond the first 'glade', which skittered off into deeper woodland by the railway showing its distinctive white tail held vertical. Saw this about 12.30 pm.
A male Shoveler duck on Swan Pond - the first-ever recorded sighting on the Trap Grounds.
A lone swan, hopefully not Stella the swan from last time, again chased away by our swan pair Ethel & Ernie, this time down the canal with much noisy and powerful flight and fluffing up of wings as they swam. Spectacular display ... hope she is safe now, whoever she was ...
A lone swan on the canal again chased away by our local Ethel and Ernest with spectacular flying and fluffed up feathers- hoping this is not Stella the lone swan from a few weeks ago!