Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Four looks to have become one

A quick check on the Grey Wagtail nest today, showed that the birds seemed to have fledged over the last couple of days and after an extensive search, I finally managed to locate the parent birds looking after just one of the chicks. I watched them for a good half an hour with no sign of any of the other 3 fledglings.
One of the Grey Wagtail fledglings
A couple of reasons could be, if the missing birds have been predated, is that it is a public area and many dog walkers are out and about. We've also had a massive amount of rainfall over the last few days and the river rose by a fair distance, so due to their vulnerability, these birds may have been taken by the fast erosive current of the river.

I will take a look over the next couple of days to see if any of the remaining 3 chicks have managed to survive.

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