Latest update: 4th June 2018
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Millers Pond is a small four acre park in Shirley surrounded by housing, main
entrance in Shirley Way,
south of the Wickham Road,
best parking in Worcester Close (CR0 8HT for satnavs) on the east side of the park.
The park was
acquired by the council in the 1930s, and is well looked after by the Friends of
Millers Pond. It is very popular with dog
walkers and families, and the vast number of water fowl on such a small pond suggest the locals keep them well fed.
Older Photos of Millers Pond - 2017
7th January 2018, all the usual Mallards, Canada Geese, Coots and sea gulls.
And the pair of Egyptian Geese.
Fewer sea gulls around the large island.
21st January 2018, sea gulls seem calmer today, at lease until the food comes out.
11th February 2018, very tranquil, everyone must be hiding around the islands.
The Eygptian and Canada Geese are on the grass instead of the water.
While the sea gulls are on the water.
18th February 2018, don't seem very hungry this week.
Too early for nest building, we had recent snow and it's still very cold.
11th March 2018, Lucy the dog in the distance, avoiding the Canada Geese. Sea gulls make it hard to feed the ducks.
Sea gulls harrassing the ducks and geese.
25th March 2018, fewer sea gulls this week, perhaps flown off north for the summer.
The Egyptian Geese are still here.
A single Mandarin Duck, probably visiting from Kelsey Park a couple of miles away where there are many more.
1st April 2018, the sea gulls have finally left.
And the Coots are busy building nests.
Don't seem very hungry this week.
The Canada Geese are also nesting, this one on the small island.
Another Canada Goose nest, well hidden on the large island, just see the
goose on it. But the park wardens are known to collect eggs
to keep the population under control, and no goslings two months later.
Another Coot nest on the small island.
8th April 2018, very tranquil again.
The Coot nest in the centre of the pond.
Some activity on the grass behind the pond.
Ducks and geese behind the large island.
Better view of the goose nest on the large island.
Looks like eggs in the goose nest on the small island, but never saw any goslings.
The two Egyptian Geese waiting on the small island with a Moorhen behind them.
The Coot nest is twice the height of last week, no idea why theu build such massive structures.
22nd April 2018, pond seems calm again.
The Coot is still sitting patiently on her eggs.
Don't often see Greylag Geese here, probably visiting from Kelsey Park.
13th May 2018, hungry this week, rushing across the grass as we walk in the park gate.
The Coots have a new family, with tiny red beaks.
There is a Mallard family as well, with seven ducklings, probably one or two weeks old.
The Coot family is back near their nest on the small island.
Mother followed by her chick.
One parent is back on the nest.
The other parent is on the island with more chicks.
View of the small island.
The Mallard family is now behind the large island.
The ducklings again.
Geese resting nest the water.
The ducklings are now out of the water eating duck pellets.
The geese like duck pellets as well.
Another Coot family on the nest in the centre of the pond.
And now coming close to the pond edge for duck pellets.
20th May 2018, the Egyptian Geese are waiting just inside the park gate.
With a lot more Canada Geese.
No sign of ducklings initially.
The Coot family is still back on the island.
A new Coot nest between the two islands, somewhat smaller than some of the others on the pond.
Anothjer Coot nest on the small island.
Several Mallards sleeping near the water.
Found the Mallard family at the far end of the pond.
All happy eating duck pellets.
Some geese arrive as well.
The Coot family from the middle of the pond.
With their nest in the background.
And now back on their nest.
27th May 2018, another tranquil morning.
Pair of Tufted Ducks, with more heading our way.
The Coot chicks prefer to fed, rather then feeding themselves, wherwas as
ducklings always look after themselves. Did not see the
duckings this week, must have been sleeping on the island.
Egyptian goose near the water.
Several Coots behind the large island.
The new Coot nest is a little larger this week.
Not that hungrry really.
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