This morning I walked down town by myself. There were quite a few people standing on the banks of the Kennet looking at the young coots and mallard ducks. The coot nesting near Highbridge Wharf had six red-headed chicks, some out on the water and others, probably only just newly hatched, peeping out from under their mother's wing. The female mallard still has all nine of the chicks it had a week ago.
At lunch time, Zoe went up to the University lakes and reports that the flock of Canada geese chicks is now 19 (!) strong. She thinks that this is a creche consisting of chicks from 3 broods.