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Nesting Red-capped Plovers

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Red-capped Plover nest We have mostly observed Red-capped Plover nests with two eggs, so she may well have laid another egg by now. One of my favourite photos of a Red-capped Plover chick hiding from threats was taken in 2011 and the chick was able to hide in a footprint.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

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As a backup plan, researchers captured some Spoonies in Siberia in 2011 and brought them to England , where they’ve been raised at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. Two different females among the captive group have laid eggs , and scientists are keeping a watchful eye on a few others.

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Pied Oystercatcher breeding update

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Egg loss to predation has been extraordinarily bad this year and all of the nests mentioned in the last post were lost and all of the pairs of Pied Oystercatchers laid a new clutch of eggs. In fact they have not just laid once again, but many pairs have laid up to five clutches of eggs this season.

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Best Bird of the Year 2011

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2011 is about to become 2012 and birders the world over are taking a look at their year lists and reminiscing about the awesome sightings and devastating dips that they have experienced. On Seymour Island, my group witnessed a very human-like interaction amongst three boobies , one female and two males.

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Is The Hooded Grebe About To Go Extinct?

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From Birdlife International, “In 2010-2011 an American Mink Neovison vison, a new arrival on the Buenos Aires plateau, killed more than half the adults in a breeding colony of two dozen nests (Roesler et al. We only observed 6 breeding colonies, two in 2009/2010 and four in 2010/ 2011, totalling 242 nesting attempts. Roesler, I.;

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Big Whoop, Indeed: Whooping Cranes in Louisiana!

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In 2011, a collaborative effort among state and federal wildlife agencies teamed up with Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to begin releasing captive-bred birds into the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. A pair from the released batch set up housekeeping last month and lo and behold, eggs gave way to chicks.

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An Osprey Moment of Truth

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But, for right now, we are celebrating — both Ozzie and Harriet, the pair of Ospreys that have graced the nest platform at Dunrovin since at least 2011, are back once more. The many eyes on this particular citizen-science prize have also yeilded other results as well.

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