Thursday, 19 June 2014

Kestrels fledge, another oystercatcher family and a grey plover

The 5 young kestrels fledged over a couple of days earlier this week which was wonderful to see.   Here is one taking a few tentative steps into the outside world.

and another considering it

The following day 3 of them were sitting in a tree stretching their wings and practicing their balance.  A fourth one was flying around and had to be rescued from some crows by the adult male and one was still to fledge though it had gone by the next day.
(Such beautiful birds these so no apologies for all these photos from the last week.)

Yesterday our second sitting oystercatcher now had 3 chicks.   Rather worryingly this adult seemed to be doing all the feeding and left the young alone and exposed while doing so

Meanwhile the 2 chicks in the first family growing fast and being fed well

Finally a grey plover on the estuary was nice thanks to Ian M.

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