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attracts a variety of birds throughout the year.
Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Mallard, Coot,
Moorhen and Black-headed Gulls are always present.
In winter, they are joined by masses of other
gulls, including Common Gull, Herring Gull,
Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and
Great Black-backed Gull. and Swallows regularly
hunt for insects over the pond in summer. Breeding
birds include Mute Swan, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen.
Meanwhile, Chiffchaff and Blackcap are often heard
singing from the northern copse in summer.
swan had a good brood of eggs in 2007
A pair of
Mute Swans used to regularly nest on the pond,
sometimes on the island near to the main road and
occasionally in the reedbeds. In both cases the
nest was vulnerable to high spring tides and
sometimes the nest was not built high enough to
avoid being submerged. However, we have had some
good broods over the years, sometimes including
cygnets of the 'Polish' variety with white plumage.
Since 2012 Mute Swans have nested on
pair also had a good brood the following year -
2012 was a disaster with the nest being flooded
having been built too near the water
summer Reed Warblers, and occasionally Sedge
Warblers, sing from the reedbeds
extensive area of reedbeds to the north of the pond
attract a variety of birds.
Bunting is occasionally seen in the reeds.
Kingfisher also makes good use of the reeds for
regularly nests on the pond, though not always as
prominently as this one
In 2010 a
Cetti's Warbler was present in the reedbed area to
the north of the pond from April through to June
and its loud 'cetti, cetti, cetti' song became a
familiar refrain as one walked in this area. This
was the first Cetti's Warbler in Emsworth though
several are resident on North Thorney which is
probably where this bird came from. The bird
wandered around the local area, going up the Lumley
Stream and onto Brook Meadow. For a Cetti's Warbler
it was fairly easy to locate and many people
managed to get some good photos of the bird,
including me with this one.
A Cetti's Warbler
was also present the following year (maybe the same
bird), but this one only stayed for about 3 weeks
from April to early March.
gets its unusual visitors from time to time. This
Chiloe Wigeon turned up for a couple of days
in January 2005. I had previously seen what was
probably the same bird on Baffins Pond in
Portsmouth. Chiloe Wigeon (Anas sibilatrix) lives
in southern South America and Falklands Islands. It
is popular in captivity. It frequently escapes and
is often reported at large in Europe and N America.
Then in August 2008
we had a visit from this handsome pair of
Barnacle Geese. They were fine clean birds
and very tame, indicating a domestic rather than
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