Bird blog | July
Everything is all fine here at Deene Park.
June has passed by and July has only a few days to go, and then August. The birds around the lake have now finished their moult and have taken to the wing. The young geese are getting to grips with the art of flight, with a few comical landings on the water and on land. A few late ducklings have appeared on the backwater, and seem to be doing well.
Not such good news for our swans – the four cygnets on the top lake all died and the ones on the large lake are down to two. The weed is now getting very thick and causes problems for the wildfowl moving around. It looks very hard work for young birds, when we have been out in the boat it is hard work with the oar getting tangled up in the weed.
The Osprey has been a regular visitor to the lake, fishing mostly at the dam end and taking some fish. The carp have now finished spawning in the margins and are just cruising in the warm water.
Inland the hay has been cut for silage, the fields are more open and we can see more of the wildlife with badgers, foxes, and deer all being seen. With the recent spell of rain the little toads and froglets are still moving around giving food for the herons, egrets and grass snakes. The compost heap has produced a lot of small snakes, giving us a healthy community which can be seen around the gardens basking in the sun, or swimming in the lake.