Category Archives: 2010

Last post for 2010

Last post for 2010, this week I saw all three of the Dabchicks so lets hope a pair stay to breed during 2011, also the pair of swans were on the Slea but I didn’t see the ‘singleton’. Just another image from my garden to finish off the year, one of my favourite birds and […]

One from the garden…

One from the garden today… yes its near the Slea – LOL Goldfinch

A good day…

A good day on the Slea today πŸ™‚ Firstly I saw all 3 swans, a pair near the Hub and a loner past the Leisure Centre, so they are still around. Then I saw 2 kingfishers, the first landed directly on the opposite bank to where I was, I didn’t move to get my camera […]

Today I saw…

Today I saw 3 swans and 2 Dabchicks on the Slea. 2 swans were together and seemed to be a ‘pair’ and the other one on its own further upstream. All three swans are obviously used to man as they have no fear in coming close if someone has something for them to eat πŸ™‚ […]

No picture but….

No picture but just a quick post to say that this morning there were 2 Dabchicks between the Leisure Centre and Cogglesford Mill, also a Mute Swan was swimming up and down. Allan told me that the other day he saw 2 Kingfishers together and then another one flew by making 3 in total πŸ™‚

Ok I might not….

OK I might not live on the banks of the Slea but I am not that far away πŸ™‚ so here is a garden visitor that I do not want to hang around too long as it might end up eating all my other birds… .. yes its a Sparrowhawk.

I have been told…

I have been told that the Dabchicks had 2 babies of which I believe only 1 survived, it was well into September when they hatched so any row boats on the Slea during August would have destroyed the nest/eggs and drive away the adults. This is PROOF that the breeding season on the Slea extends […]

Did they say…

Did they say β€œBy doing it during the summer holidays the nesting should have finished.” —– Well I have just been told that 1 pair of the Dabchicks have started to nest and its half way through August – it will be well into SEPTEMBER before any eggs hatch, so if boats do come on […]

God help the Dabchicks if they nest…

God help the Dabchicks if they nest… http://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/news/Couple-to-set-up-rowing.6430017.jp ..note the last sentence.. “By doing it during the summer holidays the nesting should have finished.” … when we have had Dabchicks nesting on the Slea they have ALWAYS nested during AUGUST, for example in 2008 this post… http://www.lifeontheslea.co.uk/wp/?p=420 ..shows that on August 15 the last Dabchicks […]

Good and Bad News

The good news is that apparently there were TWO pairs of Dabchicks on the Slea this morning, if they both stay there could be a lot of fighting as they are reasonably close together. The BAD news is that I have been told that someone has asked permission to have 2 ROW BOATS on the […]

SURPRISE SURPRISE

SUPRISE SUPRISE, after the Navigation Trust ‘celebrated’ the opening of the new slipway and monstrosity brigde on Sunday the dam at the weir near the Mill was taken down. So did the Navigation Trust just dam the Slea to increase the water level ‘just’ for the boats, did they give a ‘dam’ (pun intended) about […]

This is why I get so PI$$ED off…

This is why I get so PI$$ED off… a little while ago The Sleaford navigation Trust (I assume) asked the ‘people responsible’ for creating a dam on the Slea to stop, this was done it said because the people involved were worried about the wildlife not having enough water. This is obviously a little short-sighted […]

Unusual sighting on the Slea…

Unusual sighting on the Slea… … no not really, I have just been away photographing Whales and Dolphins (along with a Leatherback Turtle and CoryΒ΄s Shearwaters etc) in the Azores. I will post a whale shot soon also πŸ™‚ Photographing Whales from a moving boat is hard, photographing Shearwaters is also hard BUT photographing wild […]

Kingfisher Heaven…

It was Kingfisher Heaven on the Slea today… first we saw a Kingfisher, then we saw a Kingfisher, then we saw a Kingfisher, then we saw TWO Kingfishers and then we saw a Kingfisher AGAIN πŸ™‚ I was also told (but have no proof) that Baby Kingfishers have been seen recently on the Slea, the […]

I have not seen the…

I have not seen the Coot for a while, perhaps (s)he has flown ? Some of the Ducklings are getting quite big now, also some that are just a day or so old are on the river. Most of the baby Moorhens seem to be doing well but nothing much else happening at the moment.