Still raining let's go to the Park.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
Some free time has come my way, and the damp, dark , wet weather was not going to stop me from getting out with my camera.
I have been to the park a few times over winter but it is so wet and muddy it's not always a pleasant walk,
I took some food to feed the Swans and took note of the number on one of the Swans legs, the other Swan has not been tagged.
Yellow ring with a black three numeric code.
Large project ongoing since 2006 throughout Yorkshire counties, Derbyshire and Cleveland, working in close conjunction with the Sorby Breck Ringing Group.
I might get in touch and find out how old the bird is.
Last year we had a young Heron on the pond, it stayed for a week before moving on, it would be nice to know if this is the same bird, it's been around for a few days now and is quite happy to sit there while people and there dogs walk round the pond.
They suffer badly in cold winters when ponds and streams are frozen for prolonged periods. The recent run of mild weathers has helped boost the population.
Herons are among the earliest nesters. It's not unusual for some birds to lay their first eggs in early February, though the normal start is early March, peaking at the end of the month.
On the 31st of December I recorded these two birds for the first time at the park, a male ans a female. To day I notice another male had joined them.
At Yeadon Tarn which is not far from here the numbers have been growing every year up to 30 birds can be present at anyone time.
Five years back I had never seen one, but now round this area they are to found on most rivers and bodies of water.
Best of all I found these
Swan Mussel (Anodonta (Anodonta) cygnea)
I have seen them in the pond ,when the sun hits the water right you can see then covering the pond bed. these few shells have been dragged up due to the flooding blocking the flow of the pond.
This aquatic bivalve mollusc is a large species of freshwater mussel. The shell is thin but large (approximately 10 to 20 cm) and rather flat, even at the umbo. The shell colour is often pale greenish or brownish.
(The umbo (plural umbones or umbos) is the vaguely defined, often most prominent, highest part of each valve of the shell of a bivalve or univalve mollusk.)
When cleaned they have beautiful pear inner coating.
Fresh water life is one subject I know little about and the thing I learned about these muscle, was how the young attach them self to the gills of fish .