Storks

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Trev62
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Since moving here we have been observing a couple of storks trying to unsuccessfully build a nest at the end of our road/mud track. This year the Electric guys put up a metal basket for them and we have watched as they have filled it with twigs and sticks making a sizable nest. Initially they would fly off when we walked the dogs under them but now they just gaze down and look at us without moving.

They often fly over the house and wander in the fields so we are keeping our fingers crossed we will see some baby storks hatched this year.

Here's hoping.
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Looking good so far, their nest has doubled in size and they are lining it out at present. Both are happily resting in the nest unperturbed by us looking up at them every time we pass by.

Keeping our fingers crossed to see some babies this year.
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One baby stork in the nest happily standing up and being fed by Mum? or Dad? Not sure of the difference. What I did not realize is that the stork's nest serves as a nest to the sparrows as well, there are several of them nesting underneath the storks in amongst all the twigs/sticks.
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I seem to have missed these posts. It must be quite fascinating to see the nest build up and now sighting of a young stork. I did a quick google as I don't really know that much about storks - quite an interesting read. Apparently it is not uncommon for parent birds to kill off some of the young least likely to survive so that they can put all their energy into the ones that have a better chance to reach maturity. It might explain why you have only seen one baby stork.
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lancashire lass wrote: 25 Jul 2023, 17:09 Apparently it is not uncommon for parent birds to kill off some of the young least likely to survive so that they can put all their energy into the ones that have a better chance to reach maturity. It might explain why you have only seen one baby stork.
I never realized this.

There are several stork nests in the surrounding villages, many have two or three young birds in them. I prefer to think that only one hatched as even though this week the day time temperature has not been below 100 F there are still plenty of "froglets" (is that actually a word?) living in the mud pools down our lane/road. We have often watched the adults catching them before returning to the nest.

It has been great observing them and I look forward to seeing the youngster stretch his/her wings as flight preparations begin.
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That's it, the storks and their youngster have departed their nest. It has been fun watching them and seeing the youngster finally start leaping around as he/she (or any of the other 83 genders, not wishing to offend anyone by getting things wrong!) stretch out them lovely wings ready for flight.

The storks are gathering early this year which is a sign for the early onset of winter, here's hoping as this constant heat and humidity is a killer.

Bon Voyage storks and look forward to your successful return next year.
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