The first Golden plover chicks have finally hatched in the area..! After hatching they will leave the nest a few hours later and start wander around feeding by themselves. Being protected and brooded by both adults, the female will eventually leave them after two or three weeks but the male will stay with them until fledging, a month later.
Yellow is coming into fashion this summer..! As you may remember, in 2011 we colour-ringed Golden Plover chicks with green rings. This season we will use yellow rings instead to keep track on them to study survival and natal dispersion in the next years. Additionally, we will radio-track one chick of each brood during the whole pre-fledging period.
You can watch a video here