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Tue 16th June 2009

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 4:35 PM

birds : About a month or so ago, I discovered a breeding pair of Grey Wagtails near the bottom of the Talbot Valley, and this was quite a notable find as the species has only bred on the island once before (in 1977). At the end of April the adults were feeding very young chicks and were very active. In my lunch hour today I visited the site to see how they were getting on and was disappointed to see just the male bird and an empty nest.

 

 

               the Grey Wagtail nest                                                                        the male bird does the okey-cokey

 

Looking closely at the nest, I suspect that the chicks have been predated when they were close to fledging. If you look closely, you can see some smeared feathers on the stones above and the vegetation seems to have been damaged. After watching the site for a while however, I did see that the male bird visited another deeper hole further along the wall and so hopefully the female is sitting on a second brood. I shall keep an eye out.

Driving past Port Soif on the way home from work this afternoon, the male Fan-tailed Warbler sang along to Nick Cave through the car window.  

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