Estate Blog | Birds on the Estate Update
Hello again and welcome to our Bird Blog.
June has passed and we are now into summer. June was very hot, but the water level stayed the same, even without any rain. The swans brought off several cygnets, however the black swans, Sydney and Adelaide, are still thinking about it, so it looks unlikely that we will have any black swan cygnets this year.
We have seen many different birds on the Estate. Some dates stood out in June last month:
5th June – 4 Swan Cygnets.
8th June – 2 little Egrets.
11th June – Great Crested Grebe with three chicks.
14th June – Osprey flying over the lake.
20th June – 4 more Cygnets.
The Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
The Great Crested Grebe is the largest of the Grebes and is easily distinguished by their ear tufts on either side of the crest. Adult Grebes are silent, but the chicks utter a very harsh cry. Young Grebes lack the crest and ear tufts, but they do have a stripped pattern for plumage. The chicks can often be seen having a ride on their parent’s back on the lake here at Deene Park. In the spring, the courtship between the adults is an aquatic dance, which should not be missed! They build their nest on the water by the reeds or branches that are floating in the water. These are often taken by Coots, who tend to bully the Grebes.
The female Grebes lay their eggs around April to July.
Grebes feed on small fish, frogs and insects.
That’s all for this month, keep bird watching!