The Young of 2021 share your photos here

  • First juvenile in the garden on May 10th.


    Tony

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wherryman/

  • Thanks, everyone, for the posts and pics of the youngin's. And welcome back, Hazel!

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • Today in the wind and rain Titch decided to bring a babe in for feeding, they sat on the fence and I thought it was a sparrow with it's youngster, but no Titch came into the shed for food and promptly flew outside and fed his chick, with me outside by now with food dish in hand!!!, wet but very happy!!! A welcome from me too Hazy, love those Heron chicks.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to HAZY:

    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.

    Pete

    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  !       

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Cuteness overload on the Goosander front.

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    Cheers,

    Bob

    My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobs_retired_now/

  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    Awww, Bob, very cute, as you say--thanks!

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • In reply to HAZY:

    They certainly seem to be caring for your new area Hazel some areas get neglected when so much could be done to help wildlife. Exploring a new area can be great fun so much to learn as you go around. I think many people have learnt to appreciate their local areas so much more since they were grounded by the pandemic. Hopefully more pressure will be put on authorities to preserve our wonderful landscape where needed. That's me on my soap box again bombing somebodies thread !!

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    Nice to see the young Goosanders Bob, we have Goosanders on two of our three local rivers and I'm pretty sure they breed locally but I have never been lucky enough to see any offspring.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • 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.

    Trevor

    How many legs can you see under the adult?