Monthly Archives: March, 2008

I got a call on Friday…

I got a call on Friday from Alan saying that there were now only 6 ducklings left 🙁 (we had 9 on Thursday) and this morning there was only 5 🙁 I would love to know what happens to them, is it a predator, other ducks, cats ????? Both Coots were around today and after […]

No sign of ‘one eye’ today…

No sign of ‘one eye’ today 🙁 all 9 ducklings are still ok though 🙂 Also saw ‘stiff legs’, ‘Lucky’, 2 dabchicks and the 2 Coots. The Coots were chasing Moorhens away from what I suspect will be their nest site. Hoping to start a ‘Starling Appreciation Society’ 🙂 but this was taken in my […]

I am a bit worried about…

I am a bit worried about ‘one eye’, his eye doesnt seem very good and was weeping a lot of fluid today, he also seems very subdued and not his usual self and I would not be surprised if he didnt last much longer 🙁 I hope his eye just looks bad and is not […]

Duckling update then possibly some disturbing news…

First the update, Alan rang me on Saturday to say that we were now down to 10 ducklings and the Dabchicks hadn’t been seen for a few days. It would not surprise me if the dabchicks vanished as they did the same at the beginning of April last year, to return later and breed, however […]

We now have…

We now have 13 Ducklings, so it looks like we have lost 1, but mum is doing well to have just lost the 1 over the last couple of days, I hope the weather isnt too cold over Easter as the forcast is for frosts. I saw ‘Lucky’, ‘Stiff Legs’ and ‘One eye’ this morning […]

We have another lot of…

We have another lot of Ducklings, 14 in all… …although someone said there were originally 15 on Sunday. So have ‘at most’ lost just the 1, ‘so far so good’ but I just hope it doesn’t get too cold for them. I saw ‘one eye’ this morning and his bad eye looks much worse than […]

I think we have lost all the…

I think we have lost all the ducklings 🙁 I have been told that there were 7 still around yesterday, but today we did not see any. After looking around we saw what we believed was ‘mum’ but without any ducklings, our only hope is that we misidentified her and she was somewhere else with […]

We are down to 10, but it could so easily have been…

We are down to ten, but it could have so easily been 9 – ducklings that is. I counted 9 next to mum on the bank this morning and thought we had lost 4, but wandering downstream I saw another one on its own. This ‘singleton’ was trying to get upstream which was where mum […]

Just a quick trip…

Just a very quick trip down the Slea today to try and see the Ducklings that Graham mentioned in his last comment. I found them… … but could not count how many have survived (I was told there were 13 originally). I just hope they can survive the bad storm we are supposed to get […]

Surprise, surprise, they have…

Surprise surprise, they (?) have removed (chopped up) the tree that fell, about a week ago, across the Slea and footpath just past the Mill. Nothing much happening today, I did see just the 1 Coot, 3 Dabchicks, One Eye (without his lady friend) and Lucky so I only missed Stiff Legs 🙂 Water Voles […]

Things now become clear…

Things now become clear… I saw ‘One Eye’ upstream from the Mill but he didn’t come towards me for food when he saw me as he usually does, why, because he was ‘looking after’ a lady duck and keeping other drakes away, so I imagine when he was away for a few days he was […]

I received a call from Alan on Saturday saying that ‘one eye’…

I received a call from Alan on Saturday saying that ‘one eye’ had RETURNED 🙂 so I suppose he was away chasing ladies 🙂 I fed him this morning and had a stern talk and we agreed that if he was going to be away again he would text me – LOL I have decided […]