It still feels chilly, but there are promising signs of summer all about.
There are young rabbits, out in the fields and in the seclusion of the local churchyard. This family actually lives under the church at Falmer.
The moorhen chicks are venturing further afield, and are now happily exploring the banks of the pond. They still pause every now to eat, which keeps the adults occupied as they maintain a watchful eye over their hungry brood.
There are other signs as well, most obviously the welcome arrival of two migrant species: house martins and swallows. The swifts cannot be far behind.
The house martins are already repairing – and preparing – their nests.
The swallows are are also busy, but in their case it seems to be food that is the initial priority.
One piece of uncertain news. The female Muscovy duck hasn’t been seen for a week or so. The male is still around and seems perfectly content as you can see here. He was waiting for the visitors with food to arrive! The female may be hidden away on the island in the centre of Falmer pond, but it’s possible she’s fallen prey to one of the various predators. The smaller of the white ducks is also missing. 🙁
Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.