Operation Chough Nest Cameras 2018
The webcam is now offline – all the nests with chicks are empty, so there is nothing to see.
This year we produced eight chicks, all of which fledged successfully. Sadly, one died a few days after fledging, leaving us with a total of seven new choughs for 2018.
Thanks to all who collected “wild food” for the nestlings, and thank you for watching.
The images come from our seclusion aviaries, where we are continuing to breed our choughs as part of our long-term project to conserve and expand the distribution of the species. We have five pairs of nesting choughs, they went from their winter flocking aviary into their individual breeding aviaries in March.
The cameras have a small set of lights inside the nestbox to illuminate activity during the day. At night, they switch to infra-red, and the birds can often be seen roosting, incubating eggs or brooding chicks.
As well as images, there is also sound from the nests. We find this helpful to understand if the adults are doing their ‘feeding call’. This call is needed early on as the chick don’t open their eyes for a few days, they need an audible signal to know that it is the right time to open their mouths for food.