Bird Blog | March
Hares can now be seen on the Estate’s cultivated land and grass lands, boxing and chasing each other in their courtship. Geese, ducks and the Grebes are now paired up and looking for nest sites. The Canada Geese and Greylags have picked the islands in the lake.
We now have two pairs of Egyptian Geese around the lake and these tend to pick high places to nest and are often found in old trees, their goslings then fall to the ground and walk to the water! They are very pretty to look at.
The swans are still in their pairs, and we are hoping that Sydney and Adelaide have some cygnets this year. Shellduck and Pochard are still in large numbers with Little Egrets present around the lake’s edge. Many courtships are taking place over our heads in the sky and if you look upwards Kites display by swooping and diving in a ballet, even exchanging pieces of food on some occasions – Buzzards do this too.
Blackbirds are nesting in the gardens and will bring a brood of chicks by the end of March. Bird boxes around the garden have still to be filled, but it’s early in the season.
We have been talking about the leaves being off the trees and the birds you can see, one of those is the Tree Creeper. It’s long toes enable it, as the name suggest, to creep up the trees. These birds are insect eaters and can be seen searching the trunks of trees for food. The hunt is always from the base, upwards and never from the top down. They are a very shy bird and their inconspicuous brown plumage forms an almost ideal camouflage. They nest in holes in the trees or loose bark. The next is made from grass, hair, bits of wool and moss. Five to seven eggs are laid in May-June and double broods are quite common. Haunts are woodland forest, parks and gardens.
Keep your eyes peeled, and watch the bare tree as you never know what you might see before the leaves come back.