You had to have a good reason to be out at dawn this morning, given the rain and strong southerly breeze – mine was checking on the Whooper Swans, which I’m pleased to say were still present on Felbrigg Lake. Surprisingly, the regular family of six Mute Swans remain absent. Equally surprising was the Barn Owl, usually reluctant hunters in poor weather, was busy quartering the water meadow, having got up from the eastern edge of the lake as I approached.The male Pochard was in amongst the Tufted flock but there was no sign again of the Aythya hybrid. On my return up the lane, the Barn Owl was present on the outskirts of the village. I’m pretty certain that this bird belongs to a different pair than the ones in the park.
No photos today due to poor weather but here’s one of ‘Walter the Whooper’, the previous long-staying bird, present from January 2010 – June 2013. The only other record of Whooper was in March ’86.
Whooper Swan, Felbrigg Park, January 2013