Friday, 3 July 2009

Nestcam news

Oh dear, oh dear. Our Pied Wags have now been sitting for over 25 days. I think that means that the eggs are infertile. We're very concerned about how long the female is going to go on incubating. She's completely devoted, but it can't be doing her any good. The pigeons have turned over an entirely new leaf and are now brooding impeccably. Perhaps we'll get a squab. I've edited together some of the webcam footage for your delectation. For some reason Blogger seems to speed up my video. Enjoy!

video

5 comments:

gwendolen said...

LOL @ the pigeon cameo. :)

Matt said...

The email says you'll be able to inspect the nest in August. Pied Wag is not a Schedule 1 species so you can inspect the nest right now. It's not illegal to inspect an active nest, otherwise the BTO's Nest Record Scheme wouldn't be able to function! The only thing you cannot do is keep any eggs.

BirdGuides said...

Yes - we know we can inspect the nest - but we rather wanted to remove it entirely to try and stop the female incubating (which of course we can't do til the end of August).

masonchadwick said...

That's a shame guys... we've had much better luck with the nestcam at the New Forest Reptile Centre. First we all watched a family of Goshawks with two eventual fledglings and now we are watching a family of Hobbies. Absolutely breathtaking:).... you can access nestcam by going to www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/newforest/hobby_nest-cam

masonchadwick said...

sorry, that should read
www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/districts/newforest/hobby_live_nest_cam/