Spring is in the air! The Mute Swans on Manor Floods are fighting like cat and dog, the Mallard drakes are chasing the females about and making a perfect nuisance of themselves, the Coots are scrapping and even the Moorhens seem to be 'sorting out a few issues' between themselves. Amid all this testosterone-fueled squabbling this morning, there was one pair of birds conducting themselves in a perfect manner. Romance was on the agenda for these beautiful birds and nothing was going to deter them. Even the noisy approach of three low-flying swans intent on causing each other harm had no impact. I refer of course to the pair of Great-crested Grebes, displaying for all they were worth.
Here). On that occasion, the dancing was happening on 30th March. It all seems to be happening a month earlier this year. Head shaking accompanied by brightly coloured head plumes started it all.