We had our first visit of the term from Collingwood School today. They brought with them the present of three 12 week old ducklings.
I hope they are going to be happy in their new home, they now have a slightly bigger pond from the one at school (a paddling pool). These ducklings were a school project raising them from the egg.
Meet Quacky Chan, James Pond, and Destiny, the names given to the ducks by the kids! They were all asked for suggested names for the 3 and then voted on their favourites and these are what were the favourites.
After a little research I think these ducks are the breed called Khaki Campbell, not one I’ve heard of before.
Big thanks to Brian at Northumberland Zoo who very kindly took time out from his busy day to show me his Polaris Ranger electric vehicle, as I am I’m hoping to get one for the reserve.
First time I’ve been to Northumberland Zoo, much bigger than I thought and all the animals looked in tip top condition. They are also doing some super conservation and release work which I wasn’t aware of. Maybe in the future we can help out, they have programs for Dormice, Harvest Mice and White Clawed Crayfish.
Couldn’t resist taking a few picks when looking around.
I had a nasty surprise yesterday when an unwelcome furry little friend suddenly dashed out of the reeds on Dunces Corner Pond and had a go at one of the Moorhens. At first it was just a black furry blur but as I waited the visitor swam out in front of me allowing me to get a couple of pictures.
I’m awaiting confirmation but I’m pretty sure its an American Mink, a pretty savage predator especially for waterfowl.
We have been doing regular Moth surveys on the reserve (when I see we, I mean Brian, Marty and Liz).
On Friday nights survey we broke the 100 species mark so I thought I would post the list and a few pics of my favourites to mark the occasion. Considering there are more than 2,500 species in the UK its maybe not a major milestone, but for me (no moth expert) it is!!
Many thanks to Brian, Liz and Marty for the education.