Mount Farm Lake heronry

The Mount Farm Lake is another nearby site which I have not visited for a while. Today I made a nice walk in a fantastic warm and sunny weather. My target was to start mapping nesting birds and spot the first Common Swift which had already been reported from Wolverton. I didn’t see one but found several birds nesting birds as well as a pair of Greylag Goose with a few days old goslings.

Mute Swan sitting on its nest. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Mute Swan sitting on its nest. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Eurasian Coot nesting. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Eurasian Coot nesting. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Small Heronry on the little island. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Small Heronry on the little island. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

A pair of Greylag Goese with cute goslings. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

A pair of Greylag Goese with cute goslings. Images taken by iPhone 4s. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Mute Swans (2 pairs), Eurasian Coots (min. 5 pairs) and Carrion Crows (min. 5 pairs) were found sitting in their nests. Finding a small heronry with about 5 breeding pairs of Grey Heron was a nice surprise to me. Most of the birds were incubating and one pair was mating on the small island. Common Chiffchaffs were active again with carrying nesting materials at the south-west side of the lake.

Grey Heron. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Grey Heron. © Gyorgy Szimuly

List of birds was seen today:

Greylag Goose 21 incl. 7 goslings
Canada Goose 42
Mute Swan 8
Mallard 6
Tufted Duck 16
Great Crested Grebe 1
Grey Heron 6 (5 on nest)
Common Moorhen 1
Eurasian Coot 24 incl. 1 chick
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Common Wood Pigeon 12
Common Magpie 7
Carrion Crow 12
Barn Swallow 3
Great Tit 7
European Blue Tit 3
Long-tailed Tit 2
Eurasian Wren 7
Common Chiffchaff 3
Eurasian Reed-Warbler 3
European Blackcap 4
European Robin 5
Eurasian Blackbird 6
Dunnock 1
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) 1
Common Chaffinch 3
European Goldfinch 3

 

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