Bad knee at Welney

Things have been rather quiet this week as both the car and Ian have been in need of attention! The car has been off for a service and it has returned unrecognisably clean, it won’t last long but it does look good for now.

Ian has been a bit trickier to sort out! His knee has been very troublesome and more importantly his heart has been playing up a bit. This has meant doctors visits and a few quiet days while medication kicks in, hopefully he will get the all clear on Tuesday.IMG_6676

So having been in for a few days we ventured out to Welney, lots to see but not lots of walking involved, onour way we saw our first Corn bunting of the year.

You can see the visitors’ centre from some distance and attached to it is the bridge which crosses the river Great Ouse.

We were pleasantly surprised by how bright the day was when we arrived, we had anticipated cloud all day!

Just outside the main building are several feeders much loved by Goldfinches and Reed buntings. The only way to get to the hides is across the bridge and very often, like today, a Pied wagtail lurks on the bridge! So after a coffee off we went!

The water level was a lot lower than when we visited a couple of weeks ago, today the warden who went out to do the swan feed could walk easily along the concrete edging.

The swans, Mute and Whooper were joined by numerous Pochards, Mallards, Tufted ducks and more, they all joined in the feeding frenzy!

I had a feeling these ducks were trying to express an opinion, what do you think?IMG_0766

We enjoyed the wildfowl and the waders more distant on the spit and every now and then some would take to flight including these Lapwings. We also saw a very distant Peregrine falcon, unfortunately far to distant for a picture.

Time to leave Welney, fortunately Ian survived the day without incident! As so often a Robin was in the car park to send us on our way. On our way home we had another first of the year, Roe deer!

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