Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mama Coot with five babies on her nest

It looks like I was right about her sitting on more eggs, because today there were five babies, all toddling around with their bright red heads.

I think there was another egg under Mama as well, so there might be more babies in the coming days.

It’s good to see such a great start to this new nest.

I’ve also seen some building on their former nesting environment, so I might have even more photos later on.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Mama coot with a baby coot next to her

Baby sighting!

Unfortunately, being so far away from the nest makes it more difficult to get good shots.  But that little fuzzy lump next to Mama is definitely a baby.

And since she’s still sitting on the nest, I bet she has more eggs about to hatch, which will mean more babies.  But this little one is walking around and enjoying being on the nest.

Mama duck with all her ducklings

Also, there was a giant brood of ducklings – I counted at least 15. I don’t know if they were all hers, but she did have two drakes hanging around so I’m hoping they’re helping out a little because that’s a lot of ducklings there.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Mama coot sitting on the nest

I saw a little red head peeking out from underneath Mama today, so we have babies!

Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to get a good photo on the nest sometimes.  There’s dead vegetation on the bank in front, which I could theoretically pull up, but I could see it all turn into a bad slapstick comedy where there’s mud and water and me in the middle of it.

But since we have one baby, then I’ll start doing daily updates from next week.  A new batch of babies! Hurray!

A coot with leaves in its mouth

I also got a great shot of one of the other coots picking up nesting materials.  Where are you building your nest, hon?

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.