Sunday, 22 May 2011

Linacre - 22nd May 2011

Spent a few hours down at Linacre this morning checking the nest boxes and dodging the rain showers! The nest boxes were really great today with many full to bursting with more or less fully feathered chicks.

Blue Tit chicks

Great Tit chicks

As well as these well developed chicks a few of the boxes still had very young chicks in such as these below.

Blue or Great Tits (not sure yet!)

It's very interesting to see how the birds react differently when the lid is removed. As you can see from the photos, the older the birds are, the the more likely they are to crouch down low in the nest. The younger birds still react to any movement by opening up their gapes and begging for food, presumably because they are still blind and unaware of the potential danger! I'll be back next week to check on these later broods.

As well as checking the nest boxes I also noted the singing Pied Flycatcher, which unfortuntaely means he hasn't managed to attract a new mate, yet. The Coot's nest from last week is still in place, but was unattended and appeared to have been predated, possisbly by the many Carrion Crows that feed around the reservoirs. The Little Grebe nest was also empty, so hopefully the young have hatched and have been carried off by the adult birds. One Grey Wagtail was spotted, as was the hybrid Canada Goose, 2 Swallows and 3 adult Great-crested Grebes. 2 broods of Mallard ducklings (6 in each), were being fed on the middle reservoir.

The water level in the bottom reservoir had fallen again this week in prepearation for the work, which I beleive will begin next week. More news then.

Bottom Reservoir

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