25th August 2014

Sometimes the ordinary are as wonderful as the rare, and yesterday we watched beautiful Mute Swans and Great Crested Grebe swimming in the nearby Ings and Flashes of subsided coal mines of South Yorkshire. No mines to be seen but the area has gained several Nature Reserves  from the old workings- Potteric Carr, Old Moor, Sprotborough and Denaby to name a few. A quick post as we’re off to greet the modern-day Jarrow Marchers in support of the NHS on this dreary day of rain and mist. Conditions: Heavy rain showers and low, grey cloud all day. Temperature: 12 Max in the day and 13 max at night!.

Striped head of the young Great Crested Grebe

Striped head of the young Great Crested Grebe

 

Gorgeous Mute Sawn at Sprotborough

Gorgeous Mute Sawn at Sprotborough

Mute Swan- the native swan that is resident all year round.

Mute Swan- the native swan that is resident all year round.

Adult Great Crested Grebe

Adult Great Crested Grebe

 

2 thoughts on “25th August 2014

  1. Our pair of mute swans on the local loch had 9 sygnets, sadly now reduced to 7. On the fourth attempt (previous destroyed by water skiers) our pair of great crested grebes have one chick. It is still being carried on the parents back and we wonder if it will survive the early autumnal weather, fingers crossed. Now negotiating with water skiers a wildlife plan to protect the wild fowl.

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  2. Nine is very successful, I guess inevitable they won’t all get through- good luck with the water skiers- sounds really tough on the wonderful Great Crested Grebe, with their breeding so disrupted but if we get a good autumn the young will stand a chance x

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