Although Strathclyde Park in Motherwell is a short walk from my house, I rarely go there to look at the birds. However, recent reports of a Stork being seen in the Park meant that I went there in the hope of seeing it.
It was a very clear, cold day and visibility was very good. The local sailing club was out on the Loch dressed up for Christmas but the absence of wind meant the boats were moving very slowly.
Most of the birds were at the small beach on the north side of the Loch so I had to walk along the small footpath to get there.
The birds at the beach were Greylag Geese, Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Black-headed Gulls and Mallard Ducks.
The Lapwing which were there last week were nowhere to be seen so must have gone back to their regular haunt of Baron’s Haugh (also in Motherwell).
The Greylag Geese and the Swans were very tame and would come over to people, but the Canada Geese were quite shy and would not come near anybody.
Searched for the Stork but it was nowhere to be seen. It was an interesting afternoon nevertheless.