Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Seeing the Changes 242

At the National Wetlands Centre Wales (Penclacwydd), the rain had brought out the fungi. There were also lots of Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) heads in the grounds to attract seed-eating birds. Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) were busy stocking up on the contents of the bird feeders. Mallard (Anas platyrynchos) had invaded all the pens of the exotic birds (probably as a safe place, with food provided, to change into their sexual plumage). Male European eider ducks (Somateria mollissima mollissima), who were also in their finest, were producing their ghostly calls. There was also a collection of Coscoroba swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) cygnets exploring the pens without their parents.

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