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Wed Apr 11, 2007

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..this will remain here for archive purposes.

Hope you enjoy the new look :)

Terry

Posted by: Terry on 11 Apr, 07 | 2:45 pm | Profile

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Sun Apr 08, 2007

Then there were more...

We still have the 5 baby Moorhens but there is another family also with at least another 2 babies who are still too small/young to come out of their nest, we should see them on the water in the next few days.

Plenty of ducklings but the Coot still havnt had their babies yet.

Todays Duckling...
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Terry

Posted by: Terry on 08 Apr, 07 | 4:41 pm | Profile

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Thu Apr 05, 2007

Now 5.....

There are now 5 different duckling families so this is the time I try and not count them as we are almost bound to lose some most days :(

I saw the 5 remaining baby Moorhens and they seem to be doing well, however I also found the 'sixth' baby which is dead in the nest so at least it wasn't got by a predator.

Also saw 1 Dabchick and it cant be long before we have baby coots ?

One of todays new duckling families...
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Posted by: Terry on 05 Apr, 07 | 10:14 am | Profile

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Wed Apr 04, 2007

Bad news and then some good...

I could only see 5 baby Moorhens today so we may well have lost 1, I also only saw 10 ducklings so it looks like we have lost 3 of them :( There was good news in that there was another duckling family with 8 ducklings, just hope we dont lose any more tonight.

Terry

Posted by: Terry on 04 Apr, 07 | 6:33 pm | Profile

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Tue Apr 03, 2007

Still 6m's and 13 d's + strange behaviour...

We still have 13 ducklings and 6 baby Moorhens so both families are doing well, lets hope that continues.

The male Coot is behaving oddly to me, while his mate is sitting on the nest he is building another and giving the Moorhen pair that are in the same area a lot of hassle (not the Moorhens with the babies at the moment who are on the other side of the female nesting Coot) - why ???

One from the archives, from april last year...


Terry

Posted by: Terry on 03 Apr, 07 | 9:00 am | Profile

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Mon Apr 02, 2007

All survived the night...

All 6 baby Moorhens and 13 ducklings survived the night, I think the first couple of weeks are the most dangerous to the little ones.

Oi be careful where you are driving...
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...taken yesterday :)

Terry

Posted by: Terry on 02 Apr, 07 | 10:47 am | Profile

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Sun Apr 01, 2007

Still 6....

There are still 6 baby Moorhens, so they all survived the night :) There are now also a family of 13 ducklings near the Hub, lets hope they all survive also (hopefully a photo later). I also saw 4 Coots and 1 Dabchick.

Terry

LATER: I just managed to get all the ducklings and mum in the picture...
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Posted by: Terry on 01 Apr, 07 | 10:56 am | Profile

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Sat Mar 31, 2007

I saw 3 little...

UPDATE
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This afternoon it was warmer so I went to see if the baby Moorhens were out the nest and they were BUT there are 6 babies not 5 :) Here are 4 of them, again not a good photo but I dont want to get toooooooooo near...
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Terry
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I saw 3 little moorhens out of their nest this morning, I am hoping that the other 2 were somewhere in the reeds. I dont try and get too close as this attracts ducks etc towards the little ones and they could be injured, so I cant get any decent photos of them yet but I would rather be 'safe' than 'sorry'.

Saw 3 coots today and a Dabchick, this Robin also is fairly tame and lives past the Mill...
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Terry

Posted by: Terry on 31 Mar, 07 | 8:00 am | Profile

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Thu Mar 29, 2007

Baby Moorhens...

COMMENT
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Terry, just to let you know I saw 5 moorhen chicks up by the mill yesterday afternoon, only seeing 1 Dab at the moment though, regards Graham
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Thanks very much for that Graham, I didnt get down yesterday but I shall now be on my way in the next few minutes, thanks again for the info, I will see if I can get a picture of them :)

Terry

UPDATE
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I went down the Slea this morning but didnt see the little Moorhens that Graham saw, however the mother Moorhen on the nest seemed to have her wings out a little so I think she was probably keeping the little ones warm as it is not a very nice day. Hope to see them soon, but as I mentioned below somewhere, I am a little concerned for the little ones as the male Coot next door is quite aggressive even with the adult Moorhens, so when he is looking after his little ones and a baby Moorhen comes near I dread to think what may happen - just hope it doesn't.

Terry

ANOTHER UPDATE
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This afternoon was slightly warmer so I went down the Slea again and saw 3 of the baby Moorhens that Graham mentioned under the wing of their mother, just hope the other 2 are also there :)

Not a very good photo but it does show 2 of the first babies on the Slea this year...
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Terry

Posted by: Terry on 29 Mar, 07 | 8:17 am | Profile

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Wed Mar 28, 2007

I have just read...

I have just read in the Target that the New Street bridge is to be replaced with a lifting bridge so that eventually boats can pass and moor at the Hub. Although it may be a long way off, I wonder if the people of Sleaford really want boats traveling along this part of the Slea if they are told that you can either have boats OR numerous forms of wildlife because you will not get both as the Slea is far too narrow and the wash from the boats will wash away any Moorhen, Coot, Dabchick ETC ETC nests along with any eggs or young that happen to be in it. I personally wish the Navigational Trust along with the Water Weekend Committee would just leave the river to the wildlife who have a hard enough time surviving without them adding more problems.

Terry

Posted by: Terry on 28 Mar, 07 | 4:33 pm | Profile

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Mon Mar 26, 2007

For about 2 months I have 'known'....

For about 2 months I have 'known' this Blackbird...
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... you can see he has a very bad foot, but he seems to be surviving ok and every time I see him I make sure I feed him :)

Today I saw lots of Moorhens, only 3 Coots, 1 Dabchick, no RCP, oh and the odd Mallard here and there :)

Terry

Posted by: Terry on 26 Mar, 07 | 1:35 pm | Profile

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Sun Mar 25, 2007

Im a little concerned...

Im a little concerned about the Coots near Cogglesford, both (but especially the male) are very aggressive to the Moorhens that are/will nest each side of the Coots nest. This is quite natural as the Coot wants to protect his mate and any youngsters that they may have. However, if the Coots are as aggressive as they are now, they will be even more aggressive when they have their young and any baby Moorhens that get too near may well be killed - hope not but it may well happen.

Terry

Posted by: Terry on 25 Mar, 07 | 7:47 pm | Profile

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Mon Mar 19, 2007

Nothing unusual...

Nothing unusual today, still 2 Dabs, 5 Coots and NO RCP. One of the Coots was upstream of the Hub which is the farthest upstream I have seen lately. Also one of the Coots that 'live' between the Leisure Centre and Cogglesford Corner, ventured just past the corner which was a little to near the other pair and the male decided to 'escort' it back into its own territory, as can be seen here...
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Terry

Posted by: Terry on 19 Mar, 07 | 2:01 pm | Profile

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Fri Mar 16, 2007

Today there were 2...

Today there were 2 Dabchicks on the Slea, its the first time I have seen more than 1 for some time. GOOD NEWS also is that I saw (and fed) 'Stiff legs' who I was getting a bit concerned about as I hadn't seen him for a few weeks.

Female Mallard slowing down before landing today...
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I have not seen the Red Crested Pochard (RCP) for about a week and wonder if she has gone looking for other RCP's ? It will be a shame if she has gone for good :(

Terry

Posted by: Terry on 16 Mar, 07 | 12:21 pm | Profile

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Sun Mar 11, 2007

I saw 2 Kingfishers...

I saw 2 Kingfishers today sitting a few feet apart, one was certainly male but I am not sure about the other. After a while one approached the other and they 'fell' to the ground together and then 1 flew away and the other one followed. I assume this was a fight and not a mating ?

Still 5 Coots and 1 Dabchick seen. I also fed 'one foot' and 'one eye' but it is a long time since I have seen 'stiff legs' so I am hoping nothing bad has happened to him.

Mallard coming into land...
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Terry

Posted by: Terry on 11 Mar, 07 | 8:45 am | Profile

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