Friday, July 20, 2012
Here a feather - there a feather
The video below was filmed a few nights ago at one of the Duhallow nest sites in a derelict cottage. Very fresh pellets (indicating the adults are still present) and a series of newly molted feathers, including a large flight feather (a primary). There were fewer feathers about two weeks ago and during the last visit to the cottage was utterly silent – no young chicks calling for food and no activity noted around the nest – the conclusion being that it is most likely that those adults have failed to breed, and as a result, have resumed their molt.