After breakfast, Maggie and I went for a walk through the park.
I took a bag of seed with me, knowing I’d get mugged by the geese if I wasn’t careful, so a plan was hatching in my mind as we progressed.
It’s a lovely sunny day so I’m making the most of it and put some blankets in the wash.
The geese were all on the left of the lake as we approached. We have fourteen goslings in all, one clutch of six which are growing fast and two later ones of four each. The parents of the smaller groups are hissing at everything that passes, so this could well be their first outing as a Mum and Dad. No matter, we respect their space and give them plenty of room, that is until they recognise the black bag and I’m doing my pied piper impression.
Photo June 2018
The lake was dotted with last year’s tufted duck brood as I counted 10 this morning.
They don’t seem to like the seed much so I carried on to the right towards the bridge, leaving a handful here and there for ducks on the bank.
There were several geese on the water so I scattered another handful on the path for a passing pair of mallards and continued on my way.
I crossed over and walked towards the car park, having seen a group of ducks and six ducklings. I sprinkled some seed along the edge of the lake and they came pretty sharpish. There was a flurry of activity on the water and another pair of mallards and their babies joined in.
The geese got wind of it and headed towards me, but not before the ducks had had a feast.
Within five minutes I was surrounded by feathered fowl, everyone being quite sociable as they realised there was enough for all.
Photo May 15th 2019
Our orphan duck is doing very well for herself, and I made sure she got some of the spoils.
Bag empty, geese and ducks pleasantly plump (er), I decided to walk up to the beach as we haven’t been there for a while.
The kiddies pool has been filled and is now ready for visitors. They keep the area fenced off and spotless.
Photos: June 2018
The tide was going out, but it was lovely and calm. I noticed what looked like a barrier in the water beyond the post I always seem to get a picture of, and it’s probably to do with the power lines for the extension of the wind farm that is in progress.
Quite a few people were walking their dogs and I got trashed by several, whether I knew them or not. Maggie didn’t mind, she was too busy sniffing the grass by the beach huts and probably didn’t even notice! Everyone was cheerful and smiling, and it really felt good to be alive.
The water itself was a mass of millions of tiny diamonds as the sun was reflected on it, but as soon as it disappeared behind a cloud, it was as if someone had turned all the lights off and you were just left with silver ribbons dancing in the waves.
We walked back through the park and then home. Housework done, washing out, now time to relax with a cuppa before starting dinner.