Wednesday 18 February 2015

Henlow Grange: 18 Feb 2015

A glorious morning for a walk round the patch, frosty, sunny and little wind. Lots of birds in song, Chaffinches, Robins, Song Thrushes, Dunnocks, Greenfinch, Wren, Skylarks, Yellow Hammers and Corn Buntings. Stock Doves were displaying and Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming.Among the Greylag flock was a single Pink-footed Goose, presumably on a visit from Broom giving me a SFYT. And that was going to be the highlight of the walk until I got to the fishing lakes.

An Otter - patch tick - swam out from the bank closest to the footpath and swam across the middle of the lake giving me time to capture it on camera. Its presence stirred up the local ducks, with the mixed Tufted Duck and Pochard flock spending most of their time in the air while the Otter was swimming about. It was last seen swimming under the overhanging trees and bushes along the north bank of the pond.

Much more satisfying than the plastic Pink-foot! But I wonder what the fishermen will think?

p.s. the video quality is better when the mp4 file is viewed on my pc than when viewed via the blog, Any ideas how improve it?


  1. Excellent Roger! Still yet to see an Otter in the county, let alone on a patch. Can't help with the IT problem I'm afraid.

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