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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