Our tufted ducks having a break from attempts to nest
The tufted duck sneaked back to her old nest
I haven't noticed whether the tufted duck has been hanging around her old nest any more but the mallard is now sitting for longer and longer periods on seven eggs. When we looked two days ago there were four small eggs and two slightly larger ones of a different hue. We assume that the mallard's eggs are the slightly larger ones.
Drake guarding the nest
It was so sad to see the tufted duck hanging around her nest while the drake blocked it. He regularly stands guard at the entrance to his partner's nest which is untypical. Although most drakes stay fairly close to their partners' nest sites they don't usually guard the nests so closely.
The nest yesterday
When I looked inside the box yesterday there were seven eggs but one had been rolled into a corner. The day before two eggs had been laid so we presume that both the mallard and the tufted duck had laid an egg each. Now, with the drake guarding the nest so closely, the tufted duck appears to have given up on her second nest.
Meanwhile the mandarin ducks still turn up and look in nest box 2 although I haven't seen the female enter either box for several days.
Mr. mandarin on our plank
The swans bring their two cygnets several times a day for some wheat. They've grown quite a lot since I last photographed them but they're still cute. While the swans are here even the greedy canada geese stay well clear of the adults.
The cygnets are growing
The weather has been rather lovely for the past few days and we took an evening boat trip as the sun was going down. The river is deliciously quiet at this time and the beautiful light on the water and some structures is delightful.
Hampton church at sunset
View upstream from under our bridge