It has been a fantastic passage of Whooper Swans this spring, with large numbers being seen following the Ouse and Lower Derwent Valleys, as they head north for Icelandic breeding grounds. Watching birds dropping on to the ings late in the afternoon, tired after a flight up from the Cambridgeshire Washes was magical. It was clearly thirsty work for the swans, as this herd showed after dropping in a week or so ago at North Duffield Carrs.
It was also a joy to see birds moving off early morning having spent the night locally, fully rested, for the next leg of their migration. Farewell, I look forward to welcoming you and the kids back in October.
Early morning Whooper Swans, Wheldrake Ings.