One Year Pond Study Week 4: A Spring Fauna and Flower Count
Today, week four of our year-long pond study, we concentrated on the fauna of the area. Plans for this Monday were as follows:
Count the number of Mallards, Moor Hens, Seagulls, Geese and any other birds we happened to see.
We intend to do this every season for comparisons
Although this week was probably our least hands on so far, I think when we come back throughout the year, it will be this section which will show the most difference and that excites me. (Did I actually say that? Where on earth has the REAL Claire gone? I can’t believe I’m getting excited about the possibility of more ducks!)
The aforementioned ducks must have felt the love because they were surprisingly friendly. Either that or simply freezing and starving, hoping we’d brought food. We hadn’t.
The girls were in charge of counting the mallards. There were in all 23, 14 males and 9 females. A4 counted the Canada Geese of which there were 2:
She also counted the Moor hens, just one pair, who were feeling very timid today:
T11 counted the gulls, there were many (26):
And we finished our very first nature journal page:
It was so wonderful to create a note page which our whole family contributed to. I’m sure it will bring back very special memories to look back on over the years.