The campus where I study is a landscape of lawns and woodland full of rabbits and squirrels, interspersed with lochans aswim with all manner of waterfowl.
The wildlife can be seen from most buildings on the campus. I love to study at a library window, where I can watch them all scooting and scurrying about their business.
With spring sprouting everywhere, I have been keeping an eye out for ducklings and cygnets. So far there has been no sign of them, so I was surprised when, all of a sudden, swans with brown patches were to be seen wandering the campus. The brown patches are a sign that they are still youngsters and have not finished growing their adult plumage.
Did I miss the scads of baby waterbirdlets, were they incubated and raised somewhere else – or are these last year’s juveniles?