Saturday 8 December 2018

A Winter Walk in the Figgate Park

We had a lovely walk today at the Figgate Park:

There were plenty of birds on the pond, including a family of mute swans

a cormorant who we first noticed stretching out its wings on the boardwalk

but who then joined the other birds on the water and seemed to be having an in depth conversation with this swan

There were also three male goosanders and one female and this male came very close, which is relatively unusual for this species

We also kept our eyes open for the otter that has been recently seen here, though no luck today! But the Figgate Park is always a lovely place for a walk whether or not you see the otters or the raer ducks that sometimes appear there (including mandarin, shoveller and gadwall!).


eileeninmd said...

Hello, a lovely walk and beautiful bird sightings. I love the swans and the merganser.
Enjoy your day and weekend!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Bloody hell, I can't get within 50 yards of a goossander!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks Eileen! (It's a goosander, a larger relative of the merganser, though possibly you have the same bird and call it a merganser!)

Simon - This is the closest view we've ever had of a goosander

Gershon Ben-Avraham said...

Hi Juliet. Viewing the world with your new eyes must be incredible! May you go from strength to strength.
Best wishes, Gershon Ben-Avraham.

colleen@looseleaf said...

An idyllic and relaxing scene!

Geraldine said...

Thanks for sharing your walk, it looks lovely!😂