Slow birding at Mount Farm Lake

I woke up early in the morning to do some good birding while my girls were sleeping. I arrived to the Mount Farm Lake at dusk and enjoyed the choir of this little pit edged by willow trees and reedbed. A Eurasian Hobby chased a group of early Common Swifts but as they disappeared behind the trees I could not enjoy the aerial acrobatic show.

What was very strange to me that none of the goslings were seen in the area. Could this be possible that  not a single Greylag or Canada Goose goslings survived? There is no alternative wetland around so they should have been around if still alive. As I wrote before the predation by breeding Grey Herons could be one of the reasons of chick mortality.

This is the 2nd Mute Swan family with cute cygnets. Image was taken by an iPhone. © Gyorgy Szimuly

This is the 2nd Mute Swan family with cute cygnets. The image was taken with an iPhone. © Gyorgy Szimuly

One Mute Swan was still incubating while two of the three nesting pairs lead on their cygnets. The songbird activity was quite low but I could add some birds to the map including a food-carrying Dunnock and two territorial Garden Warblers.

Recorded breeding territories at the Mount Farm Lake by using GPS Log.

Recorded breeding territories at the Mount Farm Lake by using GPS Log app for iOS.

Bird list from the Mount Farm Lake:

Greylag Goose 33
Canada Goose 37
Mute Swan 22
Mallard 16
Tufted Duck 8
Great Crested Grebe 5
Grey Heron 3
Common Moorhen 1
Eurasian Coot 24
Eurasian Hobby 1
Common Wood Pigeon 15
Common Swift 8
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Green Woodpecker 1
Common Magpie 13
Rook 1
Carrion Crow 3
Eurasian Wren 10
Common Chiffchaff 2
Eurasian Reed Warbler 14
European Blackcap 5
Garden Warbler 2
Common Whitethroat 1
European Robin 7
Eurasian Blackbird 4
Song Thrush 4
Dunnock 1
Common Chaffinch 4
European Greenfinch 1

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