Couldn't help but get that feeling this morning that it's all over at least! That's the spring migration (at least from a local aspect) not life in general. With the wind switching to the west over the last few days things have quietened down - which is obviously why I'm sat typing this and not out in search of local scarce.
The constant battle with irritable dog walkers strolling around the waters edge (some of whom have been birders!) came to a head on Monday evening when one walker stood and watched her two collies attack a Mute Swan. Taking heed of the advice given to me in a recent anonymous comment I had a word with the dog walker concerned and they immediately put the to mutts on their leads. Actually it was a few words screamed from the opposite side of the lake, they seemed to get my drift!
The following mornings visit revealed that the dogs appeared to have trashed the nest leaving the single egg in the water. I doubt very much that even if they had left it alone the nest would have survived, no doubt someone else's dog would have trashed it sooner or later. It's not the dogs fault it is of course the irresponsible owners or perhaps it's the stupid swans fault for nesting there in the first place!
Anyway got to go it's all kicking off about some Rock Bunting in North Yorkshire. No doubt the web forums will be awash with the usual bollocks and unfounded speculation within the hour.