Pair of swans with their three cygnets swimming by the boat landing stage on West Park lake, dipping their heads in the water for food.
UPDATE: since these pictures were taken on Thursday, the number of cygnets has fallen to two. Goslings and ducklings continue to have the same numbers as when I first spotted them. There are also at least three sets of coot chicks, with at least eleven chicks altogether.
Robin with territory by the small pool in Bantock Park. Here it was looking for food in a patch of short grass, and watching over its shoulder to keep a wary eye on me.
Wild arums growing in a small wood by the Wolverhampton to Bridgnorth road. When these pictures were taken the spathes (large, leaf-like structure) were just beginning to unwrap themselves from the spadix (spike the flowers grow from) of each plant.
Pair of adult mallards on the shore of West Park’s boating lake with
four five young ducklings snoozing in the sun. The drake looking very proprietorial was the first time I’ve ever seen a male duck with the young. Normally, their parental contribution ends once the eggs have been laid.
Hungry, or at least steadily eating horse in a field on the far side of the canal at Castlecroft.
Bluebells – spring is here even if the weather only had brief spells at being seasonal back when these pictues were taken. These were all in the wood at the back of Worfield village.
More pictures of the West Park pair of greylag goslings in yesterday’s post, together with their protective parents.
When I arrived, the goslings were curled up together, napping on the path by the side of the pool. After a couple of minutes they woke, briefly pecked at each other’s down, then moved towards the water.
Song thrush stalking along the ground hunting after food, unworried even thoough there were people around in Worfield churchyard.
Mass of blackthorn flowers all at their peak in a hedge. The hedge had been trimmed recently, so all the flowers were more or less on the same level.
Pair of greylag goslings by the shore of West Park lake this morning, dozing.
The parent birds are just out of shot, watching protectively.
Also around: a second greylag pair, with three goslings; a pair of swans with three cygnets, and a pair of mallards with four ducklings.
Kestrel flying across the road at Worfield, heading for the woods. Its mate had already flown in the same direction before I could get the camera ready.
Male catkins on a pussy willow tree, the pollen almost all dispersed by the wind.