TAILS OF THE WESTPORT LAKE COOTS: Building Nests 15th March 2014

In all honesty, I have never paid a lot of attention to wetland birds. Small garden birds have always been my favourite type of bird. But yesterday, I spent the morning at Westport Lake hoping to catch sight of grebes performing the mating dance.

As I sat and waited by the lake, I noticed a small nest under a tree made from twigs. A coot came along and began pulling at twigs from the tree above and gathering twigs from the lake to add to the nest.

FACT: Coots build nests in shallow water from vegetation. The nests are also usually sheltered by vegetation.

Here is some footage from Nest 1…

I spotted four different coot nests as I walked around the lake. I will be keeping an eye on what happens in these nests throughout spring.

 

 

NEST 1 This coot is collecting sticks and twigs to build her nest.

Coot Nest 1: Coot collecting twigs and sticks Coot Nest 1: Coot collecting twigs and sticks Coot Nest 1:

 

NEST 2

Nest 2 Nest 2a

 

NEST 3

Nest 3

 

NEST 4 This nest is quite well hidden.

Coot Nest 4

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