Bird Blog | March 2020
Welcome to the Deene Park bird blog. What can we say about February, apart from being very wet. They say it’s good for ducks, but I think even they have had enough of it now!
The ground around the lake and surrounding fields are just wet with standing water. The geese have paired up but are finding dry nesting places hard to find.
The number of birds over this month has dropped to around 200 Canada Geese and 150 Greylag with two Barnacle Geese still with us. The Egyptian Geese have been going through their courtship and have picked a site, so we will keep an eye on them.
Cormorants have been in large numbers, at one stage we had over 20 birds at the far end of the lake. Only a few Herons seem to be on the edge of the lake, as they now seem to prefer to stay in the fields.
Our owl boxes are doing well with another nine boxes planned for the future as our other boxes have been a success.
When we do have a dry day, Pheasants – cock birds, have been staking their claim to their ground and trying to coax the hen birds to nest.
A blackbird has made an early nest and is feeding some young, but I still have to find where she is, a little early I think. Toads are also making moves into breeding. They make their way up Deene village and have been picked up and put in a safe place away from vehicle wheels.
Bird Focus – The Cormorant
A large bird, the Cormorant shows plumage which is black, shading to dark brown, with purple-green iridescence. The chin of the adult is white, and they mainly eat fish, eels and frogs. They lay three to five eggs, which are a dull chalky white in colour, laid between April and May. They nest in groups, the nests are a rough construction made of sticks.
Well, I hope we have some drier weather to talk about next month, so keep dry, but keep watching.