First Chicks

Friday, April 12th 2019

The first chicks of the season have been ringed on Salisbury Plain, where Jack, one of the Swaledale Ringing Group rings.  He found a nest of Mistle thrush chicks.

Mistle Thrush Chicks

He also spotted this female Blackbird sitting tightly on her nest.

Female Blackbird

Back at Foxglove a pair of Tufted Ducks have arrived back on the lake.  Last year there were two pair and one hatched and reared nine young whilst the other reared four.

Tufted Ducks

The camera was at full zoom, just ready to take a photograph of the female.  That is her tail!

Female Tufted Duck

On checking the next photo, which is not brilliant of her, it does show very well the drop of water on her beak.

Female Tufted Duck

We await the arrival of the second pair. 


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