5th May 2015

The Coots also chased off a young Heron which strayed too close to the nest, and several Mallard. They were intrepid! Ine passer by thought the Herons had already eaten the young of the Moorhen and Coots on Encliffe pond, which is quite possible, so they have their reasons. Conditions: Cloudy with sunny intervals and gusty winds up to 40mph. “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May” (Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet, though May was later in the year in his time, I think, and some feel the May refers to the plant, which is in bud at present, but yet to flower in the garden up here. Lots of Cherry Trees and other blossoms are falling like snow in these strong winds though.) Temperature: Max 14- Min 8c.

The Coot chases the young Heron away from its nest

The Coot chases the young Heron away from its nest

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A Mallard landing after being chased away from the Coots nest

A Mallard landing after being chased away from the Coots nest

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