Author Archives: Clive

A Spring of Teal

I walked along the path from the Fairfield Orchard to the Cromwell Road gate this afternoon at about 2:45 pm.  The weather was cold but sunny.

There was one song thrush in the Big Meadow not far beyond the map board.  I watched it for about 5 minutes and it did not move much.

Continuing to the School Pond I spotted teal.  In the end I counted 5 pairs; so a total of 10.

They were spread around the edges of the pond initially but went into the water eventually.  However they stayed visible on the water and did feel the need to retreat to the reeds on the far side of the pond.

There was also one moorhen around the School Pond.

According to the Internet, the collective noun for a group of teal is “a spring”.  Hence the title of this post.

Little White Egret and Fieldfare

Yesterday, Wednesday, about 14:45 I was walking along the footpath from Aldcliffe and getting close to the Big Meadow when a little white egret flew in front of me near the houses .  It was coming from the estuary and flew onto the reserve.  It was flying east just south of the Big Meadow and then turned to go behind the willows in the Hay Meadow.  I could not see from my position where it landed.

Continuing my walk I saw approximately 10 fieldfare in the Big Meadow.  They were about 2/3 of the way from the Alder Pond to the Hay Meadow.  They kept flitting about so difficult to be certain about the number and it was very cold so could not watch for long.