Mary rises – 4 clutches safe

February is generally our wettest month. Rarely do we have any nests with unhatched eggs at this time of year and consequently don’t have to worry about the likelihood of flood waters inundating nests. However this year we still have a number of unhatched clutches. With a rising river in early Feb I had to make a dash to the river, got caught in a downpour, and rescued 2 clutches. They were relocated to the highest part of the bank. Thankfully this weeks river rise (river peaked at 4.80m at Home Park, our nearest River Gauging Station) was below these clutches which may take another 2 weeks to hatch. Unfortunately on another nesting bank, we were unable to get to 2 clutches. However we are hopeful as the river is dropping quickly.

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