Tuesday, 21 August 2018

It’s been a few months and here’s what’s happened:

The small collection of angry teenage coots grew up into beautiful grown-up coots.

There was another group of babies, but they disappeared pretty quickly – probably the heron that has been hanging around the bushes.

The nest was swallowed up by the canal again, so they haven’t laid another clutch, and there hasn’t been much in the way of babies.

Until today.  When this little dude appeared.

A baby coot by the edge of the canal

Look at that little squawky face!

He’s been wandering up and down the canal all day, just squawking at Mama to feed him.

Baby coot follows the adult coot

“Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom I’m hungry! Moooooooooooooooooooooooooom!”

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

They are definitely teenagers now.  All awkward and adorable.

Child coots hanging out on the nest

I thought they had been reduced down to two, but there are definitely four teenage coots hanging out around the place.  One of them was squawking furiously this afternoon, trying to get the parent to pay attention.

One child coot and one adult coot

“You don’t understand me, Dad! I’m my own person!”

Monday, 21 May 2018

We’ve been having a greenfly explosion along the canal recently.  Terrible for walking in, and I’d hate to think of what the cyclists are dealing with, but the coots and ducks are loving it.

Adult coot and child coot

As proven by how big they’ve gotten in just a few days – they’re not babies any more! They’re turning into teenagers!

Child coot getting fed by an adult coot

Still like to get a treat from the parents, though.

Also, look at these fat and happy ducklings:

Four ducklings

Enjoying the sun, having a lovely time in the morning.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Parent Coot sitting on the nest

It was windy on the canal this morning, and the parent coot’s feathers were getting all ruffled.  That couldn’t have been comfortable.

Later on, though, the four babies were learning about eating the algae and moss that grows along the banks again, and they were adorable.

Parent coot and four babies

Parent coot feeding one baby coot while another watches

I also got to see some ducklings up close too.

Mama duck and three ducklings

Look at these cuties:

Two ducklings

Monday, 14 May 2018

Four baby coots swimming around

This morning, they were swimming up and down the canal, enjoying life.

Then this afternoon, I only saw three, and they were all sitting on the nest.

Three baby coots on the nest.

Then again, they were learning how to be coots, like grabbing twigs to build the nest and seeing what else works.

Also, ducklings:

Mama duck and three ducklings.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Something must have happened recently, because one of the parents is definitely protecting the hell out of the babies today.

Parent coot sitting on at least two baby coots

And based on the cheepings, those babies were not happy.

Especially since the ducklings were swimming around all free and delightful.

Duckling swimming in the canal

Two ducklings swimming in the canal

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Two baby coots on a nest and a parent coot nearby

It turns out that the old nest that they have in the actual canal has become their home, now that they don’t have eggs to worry about.

So the other one is the nursery and this is…kindergarten, I guess.

Parent coot and two baby coots swimming

There are four babies, with two swimming around with one of the parents and the other two sitting on the nest.

I like this, because it means better pictures, but also because it means that they’re using that nest and yet not losing babies.

Also, the Mama Duck with her many many ducklings made an appearance.

Mama Duck with at least 11 ducklings

How she manages that brood, I’ll never know.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Parent coot and two babies

This morning, the family was alongside the bank next to the office, learning how to eat algae and moss off of the bank wall.

Of course, being along the bank wall meant that it was difficult to get shots of the entire family, because there’s the slightest overhang and if I wasn’t careful, I’d be joining them in the canal.

Parent Coot and two babies swimming next to the bank

But I did get this great shot of one of the babies getting a snack.

Parent coot feeding a baby coot

There’s definitely a nest in the usual spot they used to nest at, but I haven’t seen it populated.  It might just be instinct that’s causing them to set it up there, but, at the same time, it’s nice to see.

An empty nest on the canal

I also got to see the ducklings thriving nicely.

Duckling swimming along

And a rowboat that had either been used for joyrowing, or someone hadn’t tied it up well enough.

The rowboat on the canal

Maybe the coots will make a nest out of that.

 

Friday, 4 May 2018

Coots amid the grasses of Tinker's Leen

Aw, look at the coots hanging out in amidst the grass.

Wait, what’s that up there?

Enhance!

One baby coot peeking out from behind some grasses

There were definitely four babies today, walking around with the parents, enjoying the nature of Tinker’s Leen.

One baby coot in the water

Parent coot and baby coot

Tinker’s Leen is definitely a great place for them – the water’s shallow, there aren’t pikes or anything to nab them from below, and there are plenty of grasses and small insects to enjoy.

Before I got to the babies, though, there was this lovely diving around the canal:

Single coot in the canal

And ducklings up near the lock:

Three ducklings

 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Yesterday, it was pouring with rain, which meant that Mama Coot was hiding all the babies, and I was too busy trying to get indoors to actually take a photo.

Today, it was bright and sunny and I’m guessing that Mama was taking them out for a morning constitution, because the nest was empty.

The empty coot nest on Tinker's Leen

And speaking of morning constitutions, that Mama Duck with all her ducklings were down further on the canal, enjoying a nice swim.

Mama Duck and many ducklings on the canal