Monthly Archives: September, 2007

I saw all 4…

I saw all 4 Dabchicks today so none of these 4 have left yet, this means that so far only 1 adult parent has left the Slea to go somewhere else for the winter. I also ‘found’ the 2 young Moorhens and parents that I didn’t see yesterday, who are normally between the Mill and […]

Of the 4 dabchicks only saw the…

Of the 4 Dabchicks I only saw the youngster today, I looked very hard for the others without success, so I don’t know if they have gone or were just hiding. I saw the young Moorhen near the Leisure Centre but didnt see anything of the 2 youngsters or parents past the Mill, I will […]

I was reading about Kingfishers, which might explain…

I was reading about Kingfishers, which might explain why we have not seen ‘ours’ much during the summer.  This article said that between March and September they are normally within 50 meters of their nest ?  We have seen the Kingfisher more over the last few weeks which also fits in with the articles time […]

Good news and bad news…

Good news and bad news… over the last 3 days I have only seen 1 of the 2 young Moorhens near the Leisure Centre and not seen any of the 2 that are also normally downstream of the Mill. The bad news is that I am now sure we have lost 1 from near the […]

Forget what I said in the previous post…

Forget what I said in the previous post, after watching the Dabchicks yesterday and today I now think there is now just 1 parent still around and the other 2 adults are most probably the pair that were attacked a couple of weeks ago. The youngster is still doing well. Sadly I have not seen […]

I think I know what is happening…

I think I know what is happening with the Dabchicks, but first, yesterday I saw 3 of the 4 ducklings but I didn’t see any today, I am not going to think the worst unless I do not see them again the next time I go down the Slea. Now the Dabchicks, I think, but […]

4 ducklings survived the night…

4 ducklings survived the night which was quite cold. I am not sure how many there were yesterday but I think 5 or 6 🙁 The next couple of nights are supposed to be reasonable and then cold again, I just hope ‘mum’ keeps them warm. In a comment Angie said she would like to […]

Dabchicks: I am now 100% certain…

Dabchicks: I am now 100% certain I dont understand what is going on 🙂 I regularly see 1 adult upstream of the LC bridge and 2 downstream of it, then I will see 2 adults upstream and 1 downstream, so all I can think of is that we have 4 different adult Dabchicks who are […]

A little bit of self promotion…

A little bit of self promotion… I entered 4 photos into the BBC Country File photo competition ‘All creatures great and small’. 12 pictures are selected to be voted on by the public, via their web site. I received a call from a very nice lady at Country File to discuss my ‘Whoopers at Sunset’ […]

A conundrum …

A conundrum … yesterday and today I have seen our little dabchick with 1 of the parents, however further downstream at Cogglesford Mill there is now also another 2 adult Dabchicks. Without any more evidence it seems to me that the most likely scenario is that the 2 adult Dabchicks near the Mill are the […]

End of term report…

End of therm report, it is almost the end of the breeding season so it seems a relevant time to summerise the last 12 months on the Slea, from memory so this is how I perceived the year… Applies to the Hub – Cogglesford Mill – Railway Bridge stretch of the Slea. Water Voles – […]

Big foot…

No this baby Moorhens foot isn’t swollen 🙂 they are just BIIIIIIIIIIIG straight out of the egg… …I saw 3 Adult Dabchicks yesterday so I think one of the ‘new pair’ that was chased off by our parents is still around. I have also been told that an Adult Dabchick has been seen down past […]

This is proof that I can…

This is proof that I can… …catch my own dinner 🙂 not a very good photo but its the first time I have been able to get a shot of the little Dabchick with its own catch. The 3 baby Moorhens near the Leisure Centre are still ok but I didn’t go past Cogglesford Mill […]

Everything is much the same… EXCEPT …

Everything is much the same, the 2 parent Dabs are still giving the little one a rough time (to try and make it independent), the 3 baby Moorhens by the leisure centre are doing well, as are the 2 baby Moorhens past Cogglesford Mill.  Now for the ‘EXCEPT’, which is because we appear not to […]

OK this was not taken down the Slea…

OK this was not taken down the Slea… …because I have not been down there for 3 days, one of the reasons is that I was taking photos of this yawning fox (sorry about the copyright symbol).  I WILL go down the Slea tomorrow and report back 🙂 Terry