Today, June 5th, I discovered two new black bundles of fluff in Reffley pond. The two baby moorhens were accompanied by three “teenagers” and two adults. They seemed to congregate around what appeared to be a nest in a tree which had toppled into the water during recent high winds.
I spent an enjoyable few minutes watching the family, and noticed how the teenagers were apparently helping to look after their younger siblings. Last year, the Reffley pond moorhens had a very successful season, raising three broods, possibly each with four young.
Several mallard and the two resident muscovies were also hanging around the pond area.
The visit to the pond was part of a walk via the “scenic route” to the postbox in Reffley Lane and I’d hoped it would produce something interesting for my second blogpost for the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild. I went through our nearest piece of woodland, the 8.4 acre Spring Wood, hearing a burst of song from a song thrush and spotting a blue tit dangling around in the trees as I did so.
A magpie was on the common. I walked the short distance to Temple Wood to find the sugar maple – a tree which intrigues me because of its twisty branches – well in leaf. I noticed the pond on the outskirts of this smaller section of woodland had dried up: Norfolk Wildlife Trust had thought it would just be a winter water source.
As usual, I heard the cheerful chattering of house sparrows in shrubs and bushes along Reffley Lane, near the postbox. Occasionally, one or two birds appeared among the branches. That’s why I enjoy using this particular postbox!
I chose a slightly different path through the Spring Wood on the way home, crossing over the brand new wooden bridge from the park area into the wood to do so. The Reffley Community Association, which leases the Wood, joined forces with Norfolk Wildlife Trust to construct the bridge on May 18th. I was among the merry band who helped out with tasks on that day – we had to be merry, because it was one of the wettest days of the spring!
Today had started with a thunderstorm just after 7am and had remained muggy and breezey.
I had also taken part in the World Wide Fund for Nature’s first “Wear it Wild” fund-raising day today by donning a tiger t-shirt and some socks with robins on them!