Monthly Archives: July, 2007

Sadly…

Sadly the Female mallard still has the elastic band around beak/neck, but she is in a worse state as she now cannot eat and her tongue just flops about, I assume that the band has stopped blood flow to the tongue ??? Alan and I tried to catch her with a net but to no […]

Yesterday I saw…

Yesterday I saw and fed the Mallard with the elastic band around its neck/beak, but I could not find her today so I am hoping the elastic band has snapped, but I will keep an eye out for her over the next few days. Sadly I have not seen ‘one foot’ for 6-8 weeks and […]

Still there…

The elastic band is still around the Mallards beak/neck, but I did feed her again and all we can hope for is that the elastic band breaks before too long. I only saw 1 of the 2 baby Moorhens near Quackers that hatched only the other day, there is a lot of cover so the […]

How did this happen…

How did this happen… … I just hope that this was an accident and NOT intentional by a human, if it is accidental it shows just how badly man affects wildlife without even trying, if it was deliberate then I have no words to adequately describe my feelings. Strangly this is the second Mallard I […]

The latest…

The latest baby to have hatched… … I just hope he/she is ok as we are supposed to have VERY heavy rain this afternoon. The rain will however help keep the water level up so the Dabchicks will be surrounded by water for at least a few more days. I estimate that we could have […]

The Dabchicks are…

The Dabchicks are ok at the moment but the water level is going down so they will be on dryland sometime in the nearish future. There are at least 2 more baby Moorhens just upstream from Cogglesford corner 🙂 and the Coots seem to spend much of their day upstream at the Leisure Centre and […]

The more I think about it…

The more I think about it, the more doubts come to mind about the Dabchicks and whether they will be able to bring up a family once the water level of the Slea has gone down when the nest will then be on dryland. I think I saw an egg in the nest yesterday, but […]

Dabchicks and Kingfisher…

Dabchicks and Kingfisher…. I saw 2 Dabchicks today and they were building a nest 🙂 it is in what I would call a little bit of a potentially hazardous position, however I really hope they can bring up a family there this year, if they do this will be the third year in a row […]

Today there were 2…

Today there were 2 Dabchicks on the Slea 🙂 it may just be in my mind but they didnt seem to be a ‘pair’ to me because 1 was near Quackers and the other near the Hub, later I also only saw 1 ? so I dont dknow what is going on ??? I introduced […]

No Dabchicks again…

I didnt see any Dabchicks again today :(Â The weather was good for a change so I stayed longer than usual to try and get some shots of the Mallards taking off from the water (which still hasnt started to go down ?) He is one of the best ones… Terry

Introducing…

Not much to report today so I thought I would introduce ‘one foot’ who has been missing for the last few weeks, I just hope he is ok. I call him ‘one foot’ because you can just see that his right foot is turned over and he limps very badly having to use the botom […]

There was 1…

I saw 1 dabchick on the Slea today, it seemed to be calling for its mate but had no reply. I have noticed that with the current high water there is a fast flow to the river and probably because of this all the Ducks and Moorhens seem to be keeping to the sides where […]

I have not been down…

I have not been down the Slea for a couple of days until this morning. The river is still high but it looks like the (presumably) Environmental Agency has mended the automatic weir at Cogglesford. I dont think this has been working properly for some time, when the pressure from water builds up the tilting […]