I have been watching a pair of Willy Wagtails build a nest on a branch hanging out over the creek. Each night I go for a walk to admire their building and to note the changes.
The first two photos were taken a week ago. They spent a long time on the foundations of the nest which was mainly spiders' web. It was fascinating to sit on the bank and watch them weave beak fulls around the branches. Then they would press their chests into the cup to make it conform to their bodies.
This photo shows an almost finished nest, I think. It is about the size of a teacup and now has a fine grasses woven into it.
This final photo shows the position of the nest over the creek.
I have done a bit of reading and it seems Willy Wagtails usually lay three eggs. The resulting offspring quickly outgrow the nest. To cope with the over crowding problem they climb out onto the nearby branches.
At first I thought this was the perfect place for a nest, away from predators. Now I am hoping the chicks can hold on tight...or that they can swim!
I found a pelargonium to love!
Due to popular demand, I will not be pulling out the other pelargoniums. This is just a STAY of execution. I will cut them back, plant around them and spare them so long as they blend in and behave themselves. I had no idea there were so many pelargonium fans out there in Blogland.
Bad news on the chick front.
Henny killed or fatally injured five of the chickens. We retrieved the live, uninjured ones she had kicked out of the nest and have them under a light. Looks like a bit of hand rearing of chicks will be happening here. Once they warmed up they began eating and drinking and look strong and lively.
Henny has suddenly snapped out of her broody mood and spent the day with Brewster and the others as if the last three weeks was a dream.