Thursday, 15 February 2018

One coot swimming in the canal

It’s been six months, so here is where we are now:

  • The last clutch of eggs were washed away by a speeding canal boat.
  • The nest went down for the winter.
  • Everyone’s still hanging around, but nobody’s rebuilding the nest just yet.

So we’ll see what happens in April!

Friday, 7 July 2017

No change from yesterday, but when one of the adults is sitting on the nest, they seem to be a lot more chirpy, which makes me think they’re talking to the babies in the eggs.

Coot sitting on the nest

Thursday, 6 July 2017

I saw the changing of the guard today.  One of the adult coots got off the nest, and the other one clambered on in order to protect the eggs sitting there.

Coot climbing onto the nest

I’m still a little disappointed we don’t have babies, but I heard there was a heron hanging around yesterday, so it might be better if they don’t hatch.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Nothing has happened.

Mama coot sitting on the nest

Come on…it’s definitely been more than three weeks.

The only exciting thing I’ve seen is a juvenile coot hanging out with a teenage duckling.

Fight the power, little dudes.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

I thought I heard cheeping from under Mama today, but with the rain, I’m not surprised she’s hunkered down and not letting anyone out. Here’s hoping it clears up and we get to see some babies later on.

Mama coot sitting on her nest

In the meantime, the teenagers were loitering on the pavement.  Get outta here, you dang kids.

Juvenile coot on the pavement

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

No babies yet. I actually looked it up on British Garden Birds and they incubate for around three weeks, which means we probably won’t have babies until next week.

Coot sitting on the nest

At least, I kinda hope so, since I have to be away from the office for a few days, and I’d hate it if they hatched while I was away.

Meanwhile, the gang of teenagers are still loitering around.  They also seem to hanging by another coot nest a bit further down, which I think is from a previous hatching by our regulars.

Four juvenile coots hanging out

The whole canal’s gonna be taken over by this one coot family.  What are these poor ducklings going to do to survive?

Duck family with three ducklings

Monday, 19 June 2017

No new babies yet, but Mama is definitely sitting on eggs right now.  I counted four, but I’ve been told there might be five.

Mama Coot adjusting herself on top of some eggs

One of the teenagers is still hanging around, though – you can just make them out under the bushes on the right.

Mama Coot preening on her nest while the teenager preens in the water

The other four seem to be on their way to full-grown adulthood, wandering around the canal enjoying life.

I didn’t get a picture of them today.  Instead, I got a great shot of a Mama Duck and her duckling.

Mama Duck and Duckling

Friday, 16 June 2017

There wasn’t much happening for the past few days.  Mama Coot’s sitting on her nest, the former babies are floating around still trying to get attention.

Mama Coot sitting on her nest

I think I saw a flash of red under Mama on the nest, which makes me think there are new babies, but I probably won’t know until some time next week, as they won’t be going out soon.

On the other hand: DUCKLINGS!

Mama Duck and four ducklings

You adorable things.