Monthly Archives: September, 2008

We had a report of two MINK

We had a report of two MINK downstream of Cogglesford Mill over the weekend, thankfully after a bit of talking about identity/recognition we think it was a case of mistaken identity and was actually Stoats. About 3 years ago we had Mink nest in the Mill and they caused quite a bit of damage to […]

What did ‘Eagle Eyed’ Barbara see this morning…

What did ‘Eagle Eyed’ Barbara see this morning, this…. …which was a VERY pleasant surprise. He/she was where our Dabchicks nested so I am as sure as can be that at least one of our adults survived 🙂 I wonder where he/she has been over the last few weeks ? The Coot was also back […]

There was still one Mallard…

There was still one Mallard that was waterlogged on the green by the Hub, I informed the E.A. who said they would pass the message on to the RSPCA. No Tufties today, I assume they have flown off somewhere, they may be back but there again they may not be. I also didnt see the […]

Not much happening today…

Not much happening today but I did see the two Tufties and the Coot and all was well with them. There is still more ducks than normal on the Hub green so it looks like some of them are still affected, but the number seems to get smaller each day. I have been told by […]

There was one Tufty…

There was one Tufty on the Slea near where the old river branches off as he has been for the last few days when I have been walking past, another one was on Lollycocks pond just like on Monday. Graham saw two Tufties near the Mill on Monday evening, were these different Tufties or the […]

At last, a little bit of good news…

At last, a little bit of good news, our lone Tufty was on the Slea this morning but he isnt now our ‘lone’ Tufty as there was another one on Lollycocks pond 🙂 Now, not surprisingly, I cant actually identify individual Tufties but I am as sure as I can be that he is ‘one […]

Things are improving but there are still…

Things are improving but there are still some Mallards on the Hub green that are waterlogged, I spoke to the E.A. this morning to see if there is any update on the test that have been carried out (not yet) and to say there were some Mallards still in need of attention, the E.A. said […]

Things are a bit better BUT…

Things are a bit better on the Slea today BUT there are still quite a few affected Ducks on the green outside the Hub. Although some of these look ok when dry they still get waterlogged when they go in the water, however there are certainly more ducks on the water now that show no […]

If the ducks in the water look ok…

If the ducks in the water look ok then I think they are probably ok and not suffering from loss of oil on their feathers, and there did seem more ducks in the water this morning. However I saw 2 ducks out of the water who looked fine, but when they went into the water […]

There were a lot of…

There were a lot of waterlogged Ducks this morning, more than yesterday 🙁 and I also saw 2 dead Ducks on the green by the Hub and these were reported to the E.A. who said they would pass on the message to the RSPCA. If these two Ducks are retrieved I wonder if the cause […]

Things were still bad…

Things were still bad today but at least a bit better than yesterday. The 2 Tuffties that are in the weir lock looked really bad yesterday, but today they seemed a bit better, I just hope they somehow either survive down there , or better still, find their way back to where the other 4 […]

I went down again…

(See post below for more) I went down the Slea again to try and take some photographs as evidence to show the Environmental agency tomorrow, I managed to find two Dabchicks and this is the sorry state of one of them… …I believe it shows that something has stripped all its protective oils away because […]

I hope this isnt the disater that it appears…

I hope this isn’t the disaster it appears… yesterday I said that a lot of Ducks etc were soaked, this morning the first thing Alan, Mel and I saw was an adult Dabchick swimming with just its neck and head above the water line, it tried to get on the bank but couldnt at that […]

Soaked…

The Ducks etc were Soaked this morning, I know it rained in the night but it must have been VERY heavy rain, they were mostly drying off on the banks. I only saw one adult Dabchick who was with three babies, all of which were WET, I was a little worried about the forth baby […]

Interesting day…

Interesting day, firstly Mum Tuffty was with her 7 ducklings 🙂 I saw one adult Dabchick near New Street Bridge, I then saw another Adult near the Willow tree outside Quackers, then I saw another Adult with the 4 youngsters between Quackers and the Leisure Centre, but I didn’t know which two were mates or […]