WORTH PARK FRIENDS
© Worth Park Friends 2019

Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:

Sunday 19th May 2019 - 08:30 to 11:00 It was a misty morning with some drizzle. The Wild Garlic (Ransoms), Hawthorn and the Rhododendrons looked lovely. There seemed to be young birds everywhere. They have grown a lot since I last saw them some two weeks ago. Thirteen Canada Goose goslings  were in a creche being watched over by several adults. The pair of Egyptian Geese  still have six goslings  so they are protecting them well. There were four young Coots ; two young Moorhen  and at least six Mallard   ducklings . In the wood a pair of Blue Tits  were feeding young in an old nest box. We thought we could hear young Nuthatches  in one of the big oak trees. Adults were coming and going but we could not see where the nest might be. The two young Great Crested Grebes have grown. Each one was pestering an adult for food and their cries were almost non-stop. Their legs are right at the back of their body. Good for swimming but not so good for walking. The young were swimming with a breast-stroke kick (both feet together) and were kicking up a big wake when they tried to go fast. Their genus name "podiceps" comes from Latin podicis = "vent" and pes = "foot" and is a reference to the placement of a grebe's legs at the rear of its body. A Buzzard  was circling high in the mist and two Swifts  were flying over the park. We walked along the stream in Grattons Park and added: Long-tailed Tits ; Herring   Gull ; Blackcap  and Stock Dove . There were a few Cowslips and some pretty flowering plants in the stream that we could not name. A full list of the birds seen is in the Bird Table .