We took a trip over to Connaught Water this afternoon to have a look at how the birds were getting on. Connaught Water is an artificial; lake in Epping Forest named after Arthur Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, the seventh son of Queen Victoria and the first appointed Ranger of Epping Forest.
Connaught Water is famous for it’s bird life and while we were there we were lucky enough to see some baby coots, as well as plenty of males coots displaying’
I was also pleased to see some greylag geese, a species I have not seen at Connaught water before. these are supposed to be the ancestor of our domestic geese, but have been largely usurped by Canada geese on many of our waterways
The Moorhens also had young
As did the mute swans
Which of course meant that the cob (male swan) had every reason to threaten us with a broken arm.
Also seen today: