Monthly Archives: January, 2008

Both Coots were…

Both Coots were still on the Slea this morning but further apart than normal, probably just exploring 🙂 Also saw 4 Dabchicks, one eye, stiff legs and our lone duckling 🙂 There was also 2 Stone Chats past the railway bridge downstream of the Mill, but no Kingfisher today. Here is one of the ‘glamorous’ […]

I heard some bad news today…

I heard some bad news today, someone who lives near the Slea told me that he had been told that it will not be long before boats are going from the Hub to the Mill 🙁 They have to replace New Street bridge first, and I hope that is done BEFORE the nesting season because […]

We now have what looks like a….

WE now have what looks like a pair of Coots 🙂 They were both at Cogglesford this morning and then moved upstream to the reeds just short of the LC bridge, hopefully they will stay and bring up a family. Neither is very nervous and both come for food which indicates to me that either […]

The bad weather has meant…

The bad weather has meant that I have not been down the Slea as often as normal, but today Alan told me that he and Mell saw 5 Dabchicks between the Hub and Mill and 2 way down past the Railway bridge, so 7 Dabs are still around 🙂 Someone (I assume the Navigation Trust) […]

We still have 5…

We still have 5 dabchicks between the Hub and Mill 🙂 From observations I believe one ‘pair’ believe their territory to be from the Mill upstream to the Leisure Centre Bridge, also 1 ‘pair’ seem to have from this bridge up to about the New Street Bridge area. The problem for this last pair is […]

Latest picture of…

Latest picture of our lone duckling… … if you remember I first saw ‘him’ on 5th October along with 12 other ducklings, but this is the only one to survive, so I think ‘he’ is a little bit special. You can just see a pinkish mark on ‘his’ beak which is how I hope to […]

Bl**dy Canoeists…

The first time this year we have decent light for photography and I am quietly waiting for the dabchicks/ducks/moorhens to do something unusual and 2 bl**dy canoeists come by and virtually ALL the wildlife take to the sky and disappear, 1/2 hour later and they had still not returned in any numbers so I went […]

We had a visitor on Monday…

We had a visitor on Monday, well at least it was seen on Monday but I didn’t see it today, so I am assuming it has gone. It was a Coot, nothing very exciting but it is the first Coot on this part of the Slea since late Summer. There were 5 Dabchicks between Hub […]