Our House Sparrows have now fledged are are being fed by mum, and there lots of them about the garden.
In reply to FlynnB:
Poss mallard, poss gadwall, it was too far away and the photo is heavily cropped, taking the brood for a wander into the next pool.
I find it fascinating how the parents of young take their youngsters around the area, not just for feeding, but I guess to help familiarise them with their surroundings.
The Mute Swan family
and the Canada Geese family
A coot with one youngster. There was o signs of any other coot young in the immediate area, so my guess is this is the only survivor.
Another Canada Goose family outing....
and this pair of juvenile brown rats....
The Egyptian Geese family
and an afternoon paddle for the youngsters.....
More Canada Gees family outings....
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I reckon the duck is a mallard, and they are going walkabout as they are fresh out of the nest and trying to locate water.
In reply to Robbo:
Robbo said:I reckon the duck is a mallard, and they are going walkabout as they are fresh out of the nest and trying to locate water.
Thank you for Robbo for the confirmation.
My first thoughts were mallard, as for the water, they'd just left water which was a couple of metres to their left of the photo, just out of view, which is why I thought its a good opportunity for mum to help them explore and learn what their surrounds are.
In reply to Mike B:
Robbo said:Sounds a bit irresponsible of the mallard. Off to meet the local crows, herons and gulls.
Especially with such a young brood, and the crows are very prominent, having predated the avocet nests early May as well!
An update on the Avocet Chicks from 2 weeks ago, plus some new youngsters.
The numbers seem to be holding up reasonably well, although there are a few missing.
My first Signets of the year at East Lane, Suffolk. They started off on the far side of the lagoon and swam straight towards me and disappeared into the reeds only about 30 feet in front of me.
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