This week at the pond we whiled away a happy hour or so watching our newly hatched Moorhen chicks.
The last few times we had visited the pond the nest had been empty and the Moor hens seemed to be going about their business, sans chicks. We assumed they either hadn’t hatched or they had been killed. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and saw this:
The chicks were on land the whole time we were there which meant we got some lovely photos of their parents who were nearby at all times. It was a great opportunity to study them at close range:
I had planned on doing our summer tree study, but nature, as I am finding, has her own timetable! We did a small bit with our tree and hopefully will finish that off within the next couple of weeks.