Birds. Prior to the Dragons on Saturday

On Saturday, before going down to Robert’s Park to see the Dragon Boat Festival, I went on a short Ingress adventure for Magnus Builder but took my camera with me.

Mandarin Ducks

Driving along the narrow Esholt Lane I got a quick glimpse of what looked like a Mandaring Duck on the river so I quickly pulled off the road, of sorts, and got my camera out and found a way to see through the bushes. Not one but 3! I have seen Mandarin Duck on the canal in the past and very occasionally on the river but never 3 together.


I also called in Ferniehurst Dell for Ingress and spent some time watching Sparrows dust bathing.


This one looks as though he has crash landed.


They like stirring it up a bit.


The one on the left is a juvenile. You can see it still has the gape around its bill.

Juvenile Sparrows

And here it is a bit closer.

It is difficult to count the Sparrows. At one time there were 12 on the track bathing. 7 or 8 on the wall. 3 or 4 on the fence. 3 on the roof. Song coming from at least 3 places in the hedge. 6 or 7 in the Ivy on the wall behind me. 4 or 5 at the foot of the wall. 5 or 6 on the other side of the wall when I walked round. 7 or 8 on the other side of the track near the fruit trees. So at a conservative estimate there were at least 40 Sparrows. around.

There are also Sparrows at Cliffe Avenue play ground, and in the hedges at Glenaire Primary School.