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One Year Pond Study Week 16: Moorhen Chicks

This week at our pond
This week at our pond

This week at the pond we whiled away a happy hour or so watching our newly hatched Moorhen chicks.

T11 and C10 enjoying each other and the chicks
T11 and C10 enjoying each other and the chicks

The last few times we had visited the pond the nest had been empty and the Moor hens seemed to be going about their business, sans chicks.  We assumed they either hadn’t hatched or they had been killed.  Imagine our surprise when we arrived and saw this:

A perfectly gorgeous ball of fluff!
A perfectly gorgeous ball of fluff!

The chicks were on land the whole time we were there which meant we got some lovely photos of their parents who were nearby at all times.  It was a great opportunity to study them at close range:

Look at those feet, they're enormous and very yellow!
Look at those feet, they’re enormous and very yellow!
Grooming
Grooming
Cooling off
Cooling off
Protecting her chick by puffing herself up
Protecting her chick by puffing herself up
Climbing down the banks to reach one of her chicks who was calling her
Climbing down the banks to reach one of her chicks who was calling her
Finding her chick amongst the irises
Finding her chick amongst the irises
Mummy and chick
Mummy and chick
Foraging...
Foraging…
then daddy arrives with some much needed nourishment!
then daddy arrives with some much-needed nourishment!
Full and happy little chick does a bit of sunbathing
Full and happy little chick does a bit of sunbathing.  Look at those feet!!
And my very own little chick, L10
And my very own little chick, L10

I had planned on doing our summer tree study, but nature, as I am finding, has her own timetable!  We did a small bit with our tree and hopefully will finish that off within the next couple of weeks.

Science Sunday  Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

15 comments on “One Year Pond Study Week 16: Moorhen Chicks

  1. We don’t have those birds here, so it is fascinating to me to learn about them. You do such a nice job teaching us about them. I don’t think I have ever seen a water bird without webbed feet.

  2. Great photographs of the moor hens, and their sweet fluffy chicks!

  3. Fantastic pictures as usual! What a fun way to learn about pond life and it’s inhabitants. I’m looking forward to the next installment, thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

  4. What a nice surprise to find the baby chicks. Looks like your kiddos are really enjoying the pond.

  5. Nature really does have other plans, doesn’t it?

    I hadn’t realized, until Phyllis pointed it out about the webbed feet. Who knew?

  6. Oh – tooo cute! You got some amazing photos. I’ve always been drawn to their feet too, but I’d never figured out why – thanks, Phyllis! We really must get back to our pond!

    • They were literally less than ammeter away and not nearly as skittish as they usually are. Funny, because I would have thought they would have been more so given their heightened protection of their babies.

  7. Those are great shots. I remember reading about Moorhens when I was a kid and wondering what they looked like.

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