The regular “last Sunday of the Month” pond and meadow maintenance began this year on Sunday 30th March. The weather was glorious and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Sadly we only had three gardeners, but possibly this was because it was Mothering Sunday. We managed to clear the debris from the pond and meadow and concentrated on digging over one area of the meadow and thinning the grasses along the pond margins. We were pleased with our endeavours, but there is still much more to do! As soon as we have satisfactorily cleared an area of the meadow we will be planting plug plants and re-seeding with wildflowers. Here are a few photos and a video of the two mallard ducks that were with us while we were working. We Missed the Heron though ! Whilst gardening we met Kelvin Davis who lives close to the pond. Kelvin told us that had we arrived 15 minutes earlier we would have seen the heron. However he had taken a photo which he kindly emailed to me:- Attracting More Water Birds to the Pond. During our conversation with Kelvin we discovered that he and his wife, Val, have been following the progress of the pond restoration and had been keeping records of the birds visiting the pond. Apparently it is not only herons and mallards that like our pond, but also a tufted duck, cormorant, moorhen and a shoveler duck have been seen and Kelvin has noted the date(s) they visited. Although we do not have photos of the actual visitors, the following images are an example (with a caption of the date sighted).
Increased Variety of Birds. Val and Kelvin have also seen: Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Long Tail Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Starling, Jay, Magpie, Green Parakeet, Pheasant, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Wren, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Jack Daw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Swift, Sparrow Hawk, Feral Pigeon. Many will be regular visitors (if we are lucky!) to our gardens, but others may not be so familiar. When visiting Eaglesfield Park and the pond, we hope you spot (and hear) some of the following:
TWO Different Bats. Val and Kelvin have also seen 2 different types of bat, but were unsure about their identification. We do know that pipistrelle bats are frequently seen flying low at dusk over the pond catching insects. It would be very interesting to know of any other species. Thank you Val and Kelvin for the valuable information and we look forward to further news! The next maintenance session and POND DIPPING will be held on Sunday 27th April – 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. Do please come along – whatever time you can spare would be much appreciated. If gardening is not “your thing”, then simply come and see us and try pond dipping. Everyone is very welcome