The Gadwall is a winter visitor to Swan lake. A medium sized duck with fairly inconspicuous grey markings and plumage, it spends its day dabbling (feeding) on the surface of the lake for vegetation and occasionally turning tail up to reach more tender weeds within the lake. Although the Gadwall is a resident in the British Isles it is quite a shy bird and possibly the use of the lake in the summer for watercraft activities deters them from nesting here.
The Greater Spotted Woodpecker is one of two Woodpecker species that we have here at Wellington. The other being the Green Woodpecker. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker can be seen and often heard drumming from the trees as it looks for food in dead branches and also in Springtime can use the drumming to call a mate and establish territory. The Woodpecker nests in holes in trees that it is able to hollow out. It feeds on grubs, bugs and insects and also will take young birds from nests if it gets a chance. It is a fairly common visitor to garden bird feeders on-site as well.