What I saw on my trip down the NET tramline to Nottingham University Park (Highfields) makes me think that the breeding season is never ending. Strolling alongside the boating lake I saw mallard ducklings, young Egyptian geese, mute swan cygnets and great crested grebe with offspring.
Mother Mallard was keeping a careful watch over her brood near the western end of the lake.
Compared to nearby Wollaton Park where many young water birds have been lost to predation this looks a very healthy crop of maturing Egyptian geese resting on a mudbank.
Mute swan family taking advantage of a shady weeping willow.
Nearing the end of my walk I was keeping an eye out for the great crested grebe family that I saw some weeks ago when I was able to take some pictures, one of which was published in Birdwatching Magazine (hem! hem!) I was pleased to see that the juveniles were thriving and ‘over the moon’ to see that the pair had raised another clutch, this time of four chicks. I have selected the shots that show them clearly visible on the female’s back. I think this counts as the SPOT of the YEAR! I hope you enjoy seeing these delightful little mint humbug babies – obviously Notts County supporters! 🙂