Tuesday, 8 May 2018

8th of May: Lapwing chicks!

It's been an absolutely cracking bank holiday weekend here on the Norfolk Coast. We seldom see such perfect weather in early May. It felt more like August, especially at Morston Quay with countless happy visitors enjoying the beautiful views and ferry trips in the harbour.

The weather was also appreciated by Lapwings on Blakeney Freshes, which have been hatching their young. The first few days of a chick's life are vital to its survival; warm weather is far better than wet, windy and cold.

Lapwing chick on the Freshes this morning (Ajay Tegala)

Numbers of Redshank and Avocets have increased on the Freshes. Shovelers continue to lay their eggs amongst the grass. One pair of Mute Swans have four eggs, whilst another are still building up their nest. We are also seeing more and more Mallard ducklings and Greylag Goose goslings on the Freshes. It is such a delightful time of year at Blakeney, especially with the vegetation looking so lush and green from the perfect mixture of rain and sunshine.

- Ajay Tegala, Ranger

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