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 Post subject: G-c grebes v b-h gull
PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:18 pm 
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At 5pm today on the lake at Cleethorpes country park, a pair of great crested grebes managed to see off an opportunistic b-h gull that was trying to snatch their two chicks.

While fired up, they also had a pop at an innocent coot that came too close. It didn't hang around

The action was close to the bank where a magpie was watching.

For a few days yet, the adult grebes will need to remain vigilant - and feisty.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:52 am 
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In recent days, there have also been a couple of lbb gulls in proximity, but the two chicks continue to survive.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:26 pm 
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The two chicks still doing well. They've bulked up but are still being fed by parents.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:33 pm 
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I haven't seen the older of the two chicks for a couple of weeks so it seems likely that it has perished.

However, another pair on the lake has produced one chick which is still at the back-riding stage.

It is the first time I have known there two be two nesting pairs at this relatively small site. Inevitably, there have been frequent skirmishes between the competing adults.


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