Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Same old same old...

Past couple of days have revealed little new.
I even went out later yesterday evening (7.30-9pm) in the hope that I might witness something a bit different but it was pretty much business as usual, though to be fair a vocal grey partridge in Low Wood paddocks was worthy of note .
Unfortunately I don't even have the 'excitement' of moth sightings to post to brighten up these rather dull times (as I have neither the gear nor the knowledge to provide such information).
To summarise: 2 shoveler, 3 tufted duck, 2 LR plover plus numerous mallard, greylags, Canada geese, the odd common and lesser whitethroat, blackcap etc. kestrel, reed bunting and so on.
The coots on Darter Pool are now something of a reduced family with just two chicks currently surviving.
The increase in breeding coot in the Aldcliffe area in the past 2-3 years seems to have coincided neatly with far fewer moorhen nests early in the season. Last year no moorhens successfully bred until well after the coot young had fledged - I assume that the more aggressive coots take the best sites first?

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