So much has happened I had to find time let you all know about it.
On Tuesday the first of our Swallows arrived from Africa always a good sign - photo's to follow.
On Wednesday I walked down to the pond with the feed for the ducks and a female Moorhen popped off the island followed by five little black bobbits.
Both parents are very attentive and keep the little ones in the shadows so they are safe from predators.
Then to top it all today Chantelle the female Mallard's eggs hatched. First I saw one on his own and chirping, he had come to far and get stuck, he was at the opposite end of the pond from mums nest. Then I noticed three more in the centre of the pond so got the boat in the water and put the singleton back with it's siblings. Whilst on the water mum popped out from her secure nest site with more babies, then more appeared, then even more until eighteen frenzied little stripy balls of fluff were following mum around on the water.
One face in a crowd.
Mum and the Eighteen.