I am loving having no work this summer; birding almost every morning, swimming in the afternoon, reading and drinking beer on the balcony in the evenings. It is simply paradise, and I’m wondering if it is possible for me to retire at 41.
Visiting the patch every day is helping me to spot so much more than on my usual weekend visits. Lots more exciting juveniles these days, a whole host of little guys hanging around.
A couple of young green woodpeckers spotted over the last few days, one in particular being especially fearless.
They are often seen on this dead tree to the rear of the patch, hanging out with up to three great spotted woodpeckers.
Big delight to see two juvenile golden orioles close up too. Noisily calling above the marsh most mornings.
But the juvenile highlights are the three moorhen fledglings which are showing off openly…
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Several visits to the patch over the past couple of weeks, and many good finds. The biggest excitement was that at last I got confirmation of water rails breeding on the patch.
In the past, I had only seen water rails in the winter months and had thought that they perhaps only wintered on the patch. But this year I heard rails calling in April and also saw one in March, but on Sunday I saw a juvenile venturing into the open by the pond.
This is an incredibly exciting find for me, and I can still hardly believe that water rails can actually live and breed in such a small area of wetland. It hung around for quite some time with the juvenile moorhens which I am seeing every morning now.
A turtle was also sunning itself nearby, one of two which seem to be in the pond.
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