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Old 02.03.2017, 20:53
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

These never left Basel: I think they have applied for facilitated naturalisation.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

Went out to Altreau this morning and it was great to see that nearly all the nests have occupants. We even saw 3 new nests as the space on top of the visitor centre is now occupied again, having been vacant for the last 2-3 years, and also the two platforms they'd built in the visitor centre gardens also have been occupied for the first time since they were put up. Let's hope they have another bumper crop of young ones.

The nest on the visitor centre has a camera tuned to it so you can watch the nest from inside the centre on the telly there.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

Happy to report that most of the nests seem to have at least 1 little one, despite the unseasonable weather in April.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

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Not been a good breeding season. Altreu has 42 breeding pairs, but only 29 young born. Only 5 had two young and many had none at all. Last year several pairs had 4 young each.
Went out today to see them. Youngsters are reaching the point where they're trying out their wings, flapping around but not quite brave enough to try and take off for a short flight yet.

The parents have done well this year. From 43 breeding pairs they've produced 60 young so much better than last year's total.
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Old 01.02.2018, 18:20
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

They're returning already. Hubby saw one flying in Lausanne last Friday and has seen another on the nest at Avenches this evening. Will have to take a trip out to Altreu in the next couple of weeks to see how many are back.
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Old 01.02.2018, 18:54
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

March-April would have been more like normal. Last year they were in Altreu in record numbers.

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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

Saw 4 storks in a field outside Avenches when we went shopping this evening. They're definitely coming back for the summer. Just in time for the cold snap next week.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

Went down to IENA this morning and there were about 8 on the nests there then drove over to Altreu where there were about 15.

Let's hope they breed as successfully as they did last year.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

"How many should we lay this year dear?"

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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

Pleased to say that all but one nest has a pair on it at Altreu and that includes sites that weren't used for the last few years. Looks like more than usual have managed to get back and set up home. Let's hope there's another bumper crop of little'uns in a few months' time. Visitor centre will open it's doors on the 15th April until the 15th October.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

Nothing better than Stork with nothing on.

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They're back. Indeed.

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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

I enjoy watching the pair in Bern on their webcam.
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As many as possible.

Went out to Altreu today and there are little ones in the nests. The one on top of the info centre has 4, possibly 5, little ones (you can see them on live stream there). Another nest has 3. Cross fingers they all grow up into young adults as the summer progresses.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

And they're back again! 20 nests down at IENA in Avenches and most of the nests in Altreu are occupied as well.
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Just seen 4 flying over our village.
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Re: The Storks Are Back From The South

Must be amazing to see them.
Was lucky enough to see herons on my daily walk above Zurich a couple of weeks ago:

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Nice. We often see them when we're going some place at the weekends, egrets too.
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