Saturday, December 23rd 2017

Some members of the ringing team headed to the BTO conference recently.  They found the conference interesting and informative.  One member returned full of enthusiasm for recording nests.  Much work is carried out by the ringing team with the many nest boxes at Foxglove and on the training area. Work will start in the New Year repairing and replacing  nest boxes.

Additional records of nests found can be added to our data. 

Some nests are easy to spot, well nearly, especailly if you know where to look.  This Greylag Goose thought she would remain unseen.  She is fairly well camouflaged.

Greylag Goose on nest

Once hatched the chicks are taken to the lake but are well guarded.

Greylag parents and young

The slope had to be negotiated to reach the grass.  This is the area that was mentioned on the blog yesterday.

Greylag and young

Moorhens build a large messy nest  that was added to as she incubated her eggs.  I am not sure that long strands of plant material were always welcomed.

Moorhen nest

A pair of binoculars is helpful when checking the lake to see if the Little Grebe has nested.  This nest was not too difficult to find.

Little Grebe nest

Away from the lake, nests can be seen in unusual places.  A hollow in a tree provided an ideal site for a Mallard.

Mallard nesting

An angry Robin with a mouthful of food was not going to show us its nest.  We moved away quickly so it could feed its young.  Sightings like this and lots of patience will be needed to locate nests to add to our records.


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