In reply to HAZY:
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
In reply to Seaman:
Wendy S said:Hazel those Heron chicks are so prehistoric looking more like Jurassic Park than the UK we've not had chance to check Heronries locally but others will be doing it hopefully. We do not seem to have much happening in the nests here at home, plenty of song and display but not seen any food being carried to nests
The heron juveniles do make me smile when I see them - very strange looking birds ! We are lucky to have three chaps (two of whom worked fon the science labs a few years ago and one who is estate manager) and who have put in a lot of effort to create pathways around the woodland a few years back, enhance habitat for waterfowl and ground nesting birds, add bat, raptor, bird boxes and also monitor the heronry and parkland birds. I am lucky enough to meet them now and again including last week when I met the county recorder. They are generous in their time and knowledge and in return I can report anything of interest that I see. We have seen around a dozen bird boxes in use, one of which is the Nuthatch pair. Sadly no raptors using the dedicated boxes that we know of although there are barn/tawny owls in the immediate area. Certainly enough wildlife activity to keep us happy just on the parkland although we are relatively new to this area so a lot more to explore !
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
We saw our first Avocet chicks of the year yesterday at RSPB Boyton Marshes, while we were there we met somebody from the BTO who told us the lagoon the birds were using had recently been provided with electric fencing because of the very high level of predation of the chicks from foxes and others. The chicks were only a few days old.
How many legs can you see under the adult?
Nice to see this thread getting busy.
Sadly the weather hasn't really leant much to getting out or photography, but a very recent visit to Burton Mere and this family was parading nicely around.
Flickr Peak Rambler
Our House Sparrows have now fledged are are being fed by mum, and there lots of them about the garden.
In reply to FlynnB:
Poss mallard, poss gadwall, it was too far away and the photo is heavily cropped, taking the brood for a wander into the next pool.
I find it fascinating how the parents of young take their youngsters around the area, not just for feeding, but I guess to help familiarise them with their surroundings.
The Mute Swan family
and the Canada Geese family
A coot with one youngster. There was o signs of any other coot young in the immediate area, so my guess is this is the only survivor.
Another Canada Goose family outing....
and this pair of juvenile brown rats....
The Egyptian Geese family
and an afternoon paddle for the youngsters.....
More Canada Gees family outings....
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