I got a call from Steve H this afternoon saying that there were 5 Whooper Swans on Arcot Pond.
10 minutes later we were there and watched the five Whoopers, (three adults and 2 Juveniles), as they put there heads under the water and fed. They stayed at the right side of the pond level with the dead wood.
I had just about given up hope of seeing whoopers on the patch until after October and was lucky to see these ones; I don’t think they will be there tomorrow.
The last time I had Whoopers on the patch was on 16th November 2007 when I saw 6 fly towards Arcot in thick fog over the high school field two days in a row, a lifer at the time.
The Swans were to far away for a photo and to white for my camera to pick up properly.
As we were watching the Whoopers a Sand Martin – Patch Tick, hawked over the back of the pond.
On the way back to the car we both stopped as we thought there was a Willow Tit calling from the hedgerow but we only heard the call once so we left it at that.
Whooper Swan – 74
Sand Martin – 75