Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Nature’s Spring Equinox brings promise of new life!

Today is Nature’s Spring Equinox – the last official day of winter in the northern hemisphere – and the turning point into Spring. As we all know, this is a time of new life, of new beginnings. During the last couple of weeks the wildfowl here at the Park have been pairing off, quacking more than usual, and making a serious job of seeking out safe places to nest and lay their eggs!

Yesterday we noticed one of the more innovative and adventurous nesting sites so far …. one of the wild Mallards has laid her clutch of eggs inside the trunk of a Willow tree down at the lower lake! A safe, cosy and weatherproof alternative to a scrape on the ground, under a bush, that is the Mallard’s usual choice.

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