It might be a special day for me and Strumpshaw, but for the wildlife, life went on without a care. They were busy preparing for the breeding season. The nest boxes in the wood in particular were being occupied by house hunting birds. This blue tit was doing a bit of D.I.Y improvements to the entrance of the box before entering and leaving with something in its bill. I don't know what it was though.
There was plenty of wildfowl at Reception Hide this morning. Pochard, shoveler, mallards, gadwalls, teal, greylags, Canada geese and Cobber the black swan were all in view. They were a bit frisky too with some birds and bees stuff going on! That's spring for you, a time for new life. Can't wait for ducklings soon. The marsh harriers were still forming their bonds through aerial dances. One even posed on a perch for me. Also about were little grebes and coot.
|Pochards mating (or about to)|