1st June. The pair of Great Crested Grebes that nested on the smaller lake are this evening feeding at least two youngsters. The male bird brought what I thought was a rather large fish item to one of the young as it dropped onto the water to be fed. The adult bird did its best to break down the fish to a manageable scale, as the youngster tried valiantly, but unsuccessfully on several occasions to swallow it. The adult bird finally decided to swallow it itself, as the hungry and possibly confused youngster climbed up onto the female's back and settled under her plumage again.
This is not our 'original pair' producing, but I'd like to think it is their offspring. Hopefully more good news to come later!
Sedge Warbler/s sang from the reed-bed as only a handful of Swifts and House Martins fed over the lake. Very different from last weekend when I estimated over one hundred Swifts were present in the evening.
Orchids on the Durham coast
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