Monthly Archives: August, 2008

No Mum today…

No Mum today for the little Tuffties, but all 7 youngsters were ok. I am not sure if Mum has left the youngsters or is just having a little ‘me’ time. In previous years Mum has left when the youngsters were a bit bigger than these ones so we will have to wait and see […]

Another different day…

Another different day as I saw Spotted Fly Catcher and a Song Thrush having a bath, Mel said he saw Hedge Sparrow but it disappeared before I could get my ‘bins’ onto it. The Tuffties are still doing well 🙂 The 2 adult Dabs were still by New Street bridge and our parents with the […]

There has been for some time…

There has been for some time a third adult Dabchick seen near Quackers 🙂 Today just past New Street bridge I heard the unmistakable call of 2 Dabchicks calling each other, so today there were 4 adult Dabchicks on the Slea, these two and our pair with the 4 babies downstream of the Leisure Centre […]

Here are the Tuffties…

Here are the Tufted Ducks that Graham mentioned 🙂 … now the puzzle ? 1. I think it is fairly obvious that these 7 ducklings are not just out of the nest and they are probably a few weeks old. 2. Grahams report of seeing these yesterday was the first day that any one has […]

The Dabs are….

The Dabs are still doing ok, here they are today… …although you have to look quite hard you will see all four babies 🙂 and the one on the right has a small fish that dad had just brought to him. Terry

I only saw two…

I only saw two of the baby Dabchicks today but mum was sitting on them keeping them warm so I didnt get a good view, Alan said that he saw 4 babies yesterday so I assume that eveything is ok 🙂 Interestingly Alan also said he has seen THREE teenager Dabchicks between the Mill and […]

I didn’t go down today…

I didn’t go down today because I went to the Rutland Water Birdwatching Fair, but Paul told me that yesterday he saw 5 baby Dabchicks, so the other 2 have hatched 🙂 but today he could only see 4, so we may have lost one already, hope not but it looks like we have 🙁 […]

I have to assume…

I have to assume that the little Coot is no longer around 🙁 I didnt see it again today but did see both adults. He/she was not big enough to look after itself so I think something must have got him/her 🙁 So the curse of the Coots on the Slea seems to have struck […]

Good news and also potentially bad news…

First the good news, 2 of the second brood of Dabchicks have hatched 🙂 I saw them today as mum moved, but I only saw the 1 teenager downstream of the Mill, the other 2 were hopefully in the reeds somewhere. Now the potentially bad news, I saw both adult Coots, 1 near the Leisure […]

Another different day…

Another different day…. Although not a very good photo this is the first time I have personally see this on the Slea… … yes a Cormorant 🙂 Here he is taking off from near the Mill but he had circled around for a few minutes before this. Also saw 6 (yes SIX) Dabchicks – our […]

A different day today…

A different day today in as much as I saw a number of different things to the norm 🙂 Firstly past the railway bridge I saw about 12 Gold finches which is the biggest number I have seen together at the same time, they were all on some thistle seed heads. Then I saw a […]

The mystery is solved…

The mystery of the 3 Dabchick teenagers is solved… first though (just to keep you in suspense) today I saw 1 adult Coot and the baby 🙂 perhaps the other adult was having a little ‘me’ time somewhere. I also saw most of the baby Moorhens that I mentioned earlier 🙂 I also saw both […]

I didnt see…

I didnt see the Coots today, I hope nothing has happened to them ? The Dabchick is still on its nest and I saw the other adult also but I only saw 2 of the ‘teenagers’ although I am not too concerned about the other at the moment, however I will lookout for all 3 […]