Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Here they are!

Here is that tricky meadow pipit nest!

The adults were bringing in beakfuls of craneflies and caterpillars, first landing on the wall to check the coast was clear, then flying down to within around 15-20m from the nest and discretely walking in.

In the very well hidden nest were several very sleepy, chicks. I think I can count 4 in this picture.

Higher up on the hill the breeding season is definitely a bit further behind with pipits feeding small chicks or still incubating eggs. This nest in a heather bank had 4 eggs on the 22nd May and 3 fine wee chicks on the 4th June.

Can you spot this nest? Try the picture on the right...

And another on a grass bank on 4 eggs.