This last week there seems to have been a boom in the number of young birds. On the Frimley lakes in the mornings I saw three pairs of Canada geese with 4, 3 and 1 young. Near Farnborough North station one evening there was a young, but fledged, song thrush cheeping stridently for its parents to feed it. On the Kennet in Reading town centre the swans from near Homebase had at first 7, but later 6, fluffy grey cygnets. The coot chick from the nest near Gunter's brook is now larger and is out and about on the river with its parents. Another pair of coots nesting on the other side, nearer the town centre, have 5 very small chicks which were spilling over the sides of the nest this afternoon as I walked past. Last Saturday, Zoe noticed two young pigeons in the girders under the bridge where the Kennet goes under Watlington Street. And, finally, this evening I took Zoe to the Reading University lakes where we saw three coot families with 5, 4 and 2 chicks and a pair of Canada geese with 13 (!).