Croydon Ducks - Millers Pond - 2019

Latest update: 26th December 2019

External Links: Council Information  Google Map  Friends of Millers Pond 

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.

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17th February 2019, lots of sea gulls, not many ducks or geese.

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No-one seems very hungry.

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A few Mallards around the pond borders.

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A few geese here.

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A little busier around the large island. 

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Perhaps the Mallards are hiding behind the large island from the sea gulls. Still not hungry. Bring most of the bread home.

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A lot the beach pebbles are exposed, water level quite low. It's been a dry winter.

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View of the small island.

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9th November 2019, only second visit this year, well hidden corner of the pond. 

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Behind the main island, a few birds noticing that breakfast has arrived. 

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Quickly joined by many more and even the gulls who normally try and avoid the tree branches. 

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Few ducks and geese and the main island. 

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Too many gulls, swoop and catch thrown to the ducks. 

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Need to get the geese and ducks under the feeding platform, so food can be dropped without the gulls catching it. 

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Following me around the pond. 

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Still following.

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A Coot family, very late in the year, 

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The geese taking food meant for the young Coots.

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Still following to the far corner of the pond. 

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And around to the beach area. 

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Where I find a family of Egyptian Geese, several goslings, they breed in the autumn rather than spring like most other birds.

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The Egyptian Geese are now following me, unfortunately no food left. 

 


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