Magpie and Kestrel

As we walked home after this morning’s hedging work, we saw a kestrel flying above Cromwell’s Pond. It was being driven off by a magpie. Hopefully it does not suffer the same fate as the sparrow hawk described in an earlier post.


There was a heron poking about in Cromwell’s Pond again this morning. Just as I got hold of my binoculars for a closer view, another one flew in from the direction of Carr House Farm. The occupant of the pond promptly flapped its wings and headed off in the direction of the Grammar School field, leaving its place to be taken by the newcomer until it too was disturbed by traffic on the footpath.



Heron in Cromwell’s Pond

A heron was one of the first birds to take advantage of the new Fauna reserve. Almost as soon as the contractors had left from digging out the pond in the Hay Meadow marsh, a heron was investigating. So Cromwell’s Pond is a good place to look for them, but only when there are few people about and you can approach with stealth. It was just before 7.30 this morning when I spotted one. Heron often seem to me to be hunkered down looking grumpy. In contrast, this heron was stood up to its belly in the water, neck erect, beak pointing forward. It looked very smart and handsome. After a few minutes, someone approached along the path. The heron’s head turned to look and as she got closer off it flew.


A couple of goldfinch were busy this morning looking for nesting materials in the Lucy Brook hedgerow (down from the Cromwell Road gate). The heron made another brief visit to Cromwell’s Pond.