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.

Sparrows

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

Sparrow

This one looks as though he has crash landed.

Sparrows

They like stirring it up a bit.

Sparrows

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.