I went up today, in what felt like a howling gale, to check on the coots in Norway Cut and the swans in Greenland Dock.
The coots were looking distinctly wind-swept, with waves pushing the nest around within the confines of the pontoon. Wind had swept much of the plastic rubbish off the nest, but it was looking very waterlogged.
The swans were far more protected from the wind at the end of the dock, and there was very little turbulence at their level. There is still only one cygnet, but although the female swan is still sitting on the nest, with the male in attendance, it seems very unlikely that any of the others will hatch now. The single cygnet continues to look very well and was moving around the nest a lot.
The water beneath the pontoons was full of huge fish. I overheard someone saying that they were bream.
I then walked to the delightful Surrey Docks Farm, mainly to inspect the pigs, which I love, before walking back along the Thames Path, and cutting over the Salter Road foot bridge to return through Russia Dock Woodland along Waterman's Walk. The Yellow Flag iris is infesting every channel and looks very beautiful, although it is considered as something of a weed by many parkland managers as it has a habit of colonising open water like a particularly virulent weed. The main green, which was looking distinctly shaggy a week ago, is looking beautifully manicured today, and the whole area is looking very well maintained.