Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The coot nest

It definitely looks like they’re residing on Tinker’s Leen now instead of the canal proper.  Mama Coot’s been sitting on that nest all week, mostly dozing.

I’m hoping for babies soon. She wouldn’t be sitting on that nest if there weren’t eggs.

Monday, 9 April 2018

A new coot nest on Tinker's Leen

I think the nest might have moved.  Which is nice.

Instead of being on the canal properly, it’s now on Tinker’s Leen, a little stream just to the side of the canal.  This means they don’t have to worry about boats, and there’s plenty to eat around there.

Unfortunately, it makes it harder to photograph, as there are two large branches right in the way.  So even though I have taken a picture of a coot sitting on a nest with another coot swimming by, all you see is some twigs, a duck, and a coot.

But there is a coot sitting on the nest. And that tells me there are eggs.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

One coot standing on the pavement

No nest as of yet, and they might not even build it in the same place, which would be highly disappointing.

However, this grumpy little buddy got up close to me enough for this photo. Either expecting food or a fight and they just got a photo instead.

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