It was all happening down at Doctors Pond this evening…with the first batch of ducklings having arrived not long ago. Whilst it took a while I can report that this youngster worked out how to get out of the pond and rejoin mother…after a few attempts of attempting to leap out of the pond the duckling finally noticed the ramp leading out of the water next to him!
I popped out to Doctors Pond this evening just as the sun was setting and photographed a small selection of the waterfowl that lives there.
This (possibly fledgling) female blackbird appeared in our garden this morning. We didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to her until this afternoon when we realised she was still in residence and was not, apparently, capable of flying any distance. We then noticed that she had a damaged leg and was scraping her beak on the floor. She was eating plenty of slugs and we put out a handful of seed which she gobbled up.
After a call to the RSPCA we went out with a box to capture her…and she flew off, clearly recuperated enough following whatever had happened to her to now leave without difficulty.
We were doing a bit of gardening this morning and I spotted this very small damselfly come into the garden and hang from a small potted plant. I believe it is a female Emerald Damselfly, lestes sponsa, but please don’t hold me to that…I have a very bad reputation for my critter identification. I assume it has come in from Doctors Pond and it’s the first damselfly I have seen this year.
I was quite surprised when I counted up the number of ducklings this female Mallard had in tow – eleven…and not a male in sight 😉
There was clearly plenty of tasty morsels to go at on the side of Doctors Pond as all the ducklings were busy pecking away at the side of the pond wall.
I know, she’s missing her bonnet 😉
This female mallard duck was being pestered up and down Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow by various male mallards – she was definitely centre of attention.
A female mallard takes off from the Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow and heads off into the wide blue yonder…
I probably spend more time hanging around Doctors Pond than is healthy!