Monthly Archives: August, 2007

We still have 3 adult…

Although we are down to only 1 surviving baby Dabchick we still have 3 adults, namely our 2 parents and 1 of the ‘new’ pair is still around but has been chased by our parents on a number of occasions, it would be nice if he/she stayed though. The 3 baby Moorhens are still doing […]

I think we have lost another…

I think we have lost another baby Dabchick :(  I know that at 5:30pm last night all was well, but Alan and I could only find 1 baby Dabchick and the 2 parents today, even after walking from the Hub to Cogglesford Mill twice.  We did see the 2 adults leave the baby behind and […]

My thanks to Paul…

My thanks to Paul for sending me the following amazing video clip and allowing me to upload it, he took it on the Slea the other day, the file size is bigger than previous videos so that you see it in good quality 🙂 If you have read the previous posts you will know that […]

New arrivals at this time of year…

The latest arrival on the Slea is 3 of these… … baby Moorhens :)  I also saw a Kingfisher 3/4 way from Cogglesford Mill to the leisure Centre bridge, the first time I have see one of these in weeks. The Dab family are still doing well but I did not see anything of […]

One of the baby Dabchicks is…

One of the baby Dabchicks is getting a bit of a pecking from at least one of the parents. I assume this is the same reason that Moorhens and Coots do something similar, they peck a/the youngster(s) to try and stop them begging for food, this means that they get a little hungry and learn […]

I tried but failed, Dabchick update and unusual visitor…

I tried but failed… I sudden noise from near the Hub sent all the birds in the trees up in the air, a pigeon that seemed ready to fledge in the next few days couldn’t make it too the other side of the river and fell in, it struggled but could do nothing abouts its […]

I am unsure exactly what has happened…

I am unsure at the moment exactly what has happened with the Dabchicks. It was drizzling today so some of the wildlife was hidden away just resting which made things hard to fathom. Anyway as I walked upstream past where out ‘new’ Dabs had nested I saw 2 adult Dabchicks, at this time I assumed […]

UPDATE: 2nd post today: Why did the Dabs do this…

Why did the Dabs do this… I went down the Slea again this afternoon (see previous post for this mornings report and video clip) just to see how the little Dabs were getting on. There was no sign of them but I wasnt worried because I thought they may be down near Quackers which is […]

All quiet…

All quiet on the Slea this morning. The 2 baby Dabchicks were with one of the parents while the other parent was near Quackers where I think he/she is thinking of building a nest/rest. I only saw one of the 2 ‘new’ Dabs who seemed to be ‘on guard’ so hopefully the other one was […]

New comment from Enid…

I am an annual visitor to Sleaford, my daughter, Nicola, lives there. I live on the Isle of Man. I am,though, a daily visitor to your web-site. I have to tell you, I think it is wonderful! I’ve been holding my breath[not literally!] for the dabchicks saga! The little video too was most enjoyable. Keep […]

One of the Dabchicks…

One of the Dabchicks seemed to be looking for a replacement nest/rest site downstream of Quackers, I hope he/she doesn’t go much further downstream as they will come up against the new pair of Dabchicks. I have only seen one of these ‘new’ pair of Dabchicks over the last couple of days so I am […]

The Dabs are really having a hard time…

The Dabs are really having a hard time, they seem homeless since they lost the nest on the pipe because of the heavy rain the other day. Everywhere they seem to go they get attacked by Moorhens, I just hope they get somewhere safe to rest/stay soon. They were by New Street bridge again today […]

The Dabchicks had me worried today…

The Dabchicks had me worried today as they were down stream at New Street bridge. The 2 babies were really struggling against the current and I wondered if they were down there deliberately or not ? In the end 1 parent escorted 1 baby back up to where their nest was on the pipe was […]

Just a quick post…

Just a quick post to say that I am changing where LOTS is hosted so there may be one or two ‘bumps’ over the next few days 🙂 DAB UPDATE: The Dabchicks nest had gone after the heavy rains of yesterday, the 2 babies are happily still ok 🙂 This morning they seemed to be […]

Where to start on such an eventful day…

Where to start on such an eventful day… probably the bad news first. I saw an animal run from Cogglesford Mill into the nearby hedge, it was about the size of a Weasel, however it was all brown/black and I thought Weasels had a lighter front ? I am REALLY hoping it wasn’t a baby […]