Unwelcome guests on the Cemetery Lake, Southampton Common

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Having visited the Common only fleetingly during half term last week I was planning a gentle stroll around yesterday: catching up with all the small but satisfying events that were on offer and generally mulling life in the slow lane whilst indulging in the odd warm beverage and sugary sustenance. However, as is so often the case when you try to make plans involving nature, things didn’t quite work out that way.

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The weather was deciding between sunshine and clouds, but at the little morning gathering of people on the sunny corner of the Ornamental Pond we all agreed that it was a beautiful day, and I went off to play in the mud. First, I went to the Old Cemetery. Here, I was engulfed by tranquillity, and spent some time worshipping at the feet of the tiny gods of incipient spring.

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After hoisting myself back to an upright position using my trusty but battered tripod I wandered over to the Cemetery Lake. It was here that the calm and leisurely ambience came to an end. To my great delight it was immediately obvious that not one, but six, creatures were even less popular than me today. This was most gratifying, and I settled down with my trusty flask and biscuits to watch as half a dozen visiting swans were asked to leave by the two residents. There was a great deal of chasing, causing my old friends the tufted ducks to look angrily at the warring parties, whilst the shoveler ducks stayed further away than ever.

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After a while the established pair retreated behind the island to talk tactics before returning, armada-like, for more. However, they had quite task, with six youngsters to try to evict.

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I stayed for a while, enjoying the action, before reclaiming my bicycle and returning home to distribute the fruits of my muddy adventures around the house. At this point,  all eight of the swans were still there. Not for long though, as it turned out. But more of that in the next blog entry.

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