Monthly Archives: July, 2008

Bl**dy Dog Owners…

Bl**dy Dog Owners, apparently over the week end 3 girls went down the Slea with a Labrador dog and it went into the river and went for the Coots and their nest, the Coots fled 🙁 Today the nest has been abandoned with at least one egg still in it, I do not know if […]

4 stages of life…

The Coots nest is in shade so this is not a particularily good photo, but it does show 4 different stages in a Coots life… …Adult, Just hatched, Breaking out of egg and egg. In the top right you can see a bad closeup of the egg that is about to hatch and you can […]

Sadly I saw…

Sadly I saw a Duck dead in the water this morning, only a few feet away there was a lot of water on the path, so the odds are that a Dog had gone in the river and killed the Duck and then emerged where the water was. Only the other week we lost ‘One […]

I should have closed my eyes…

I should have closed my eyes but I stood and watched the Dabchicks mate 🙂 They then moved so I could see 2 eggs in the nest already, so perhaps we will have at least another one 🙂 I also saw all 3 (now) teenager Dabchicks. I think I also now know the answer that […]

They had me worried again…

They had me worried AGAIN, the baby Dabchicks that is. I could only see 2 this morning with the 2 adults but on my return I scoured the reeds and eventually I saw all 3 babies 🙂 I am not saying this is definitely going to happen, but the 2 adults seemed to be getting […]

I am convinced…

Sadly, I am convinced that we have lost 1 of the Dabchick babies. On Monday I only saw 3, on Tuesday Alan only saw 3 and today I only saw 3 babies and 2 adults, so what happened to the fourth is anybodies guess 🙁 Near to where the Dabs originally nested I saw a […]

We may have lost…

We may have lost 1 of the baby Dachicks but its too early to be completely sure. I saw both adult Dabchicks and just 3 babies and this was with 3 ‘passes’ looking for them with some time between each ‘pass’. Just keep my fingers crossed that the other one was in the reeds somewhere […]

Those baby Dabchicks had me worried…

Those baby Dabchicks had me worried this morning as I only saw 2 of them. This would not normally have bothered me straight away but both parents were with them so it looked like only 2 had survived the night. After wandering down past the Mill and back my fears seemed to be confirmed because […]

All 4 baby Dabchicks are still…

All 4 baby Dabchicks are still doing well up near the Mill 🙂 I think they all go back to their original nest (or at least near by) for the night. The Coot got off its nest today and I was able to see 4 eggs, the nest has survived even though it is near […]

All 4 Dabchicks babies are…

All four Dabchick babies are still doing well 🙂 They are near the Mill at the moment which worries me a little as in past years two have gone over the weir from which they will not get back. The previous ones that went over were much bigger than ours are at the moment and […]

R.I.P. one eye…

Its a sad day for me, this morning the workmen told me that one eye was dead in the water near where the old Slea branches off just downstream of the Leisure Centre bridge. I have known one eye for 3-4 years and he always cheered me up as he was to me one of […]