Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2016
A wild bred chick has joined a drove of Great Bustards in Wiltshire. The female chick has been brought up by a Russian sourced female released in 2011. This female successfully reared a male chick last year, and this young bird is regularly seen.
The GBG is hopeful that this chick will be the first of several to successfully fledge this year. There are two more females with a single chick each which should now be big enough not to be troubled by any bad weather. There is another with a smaller chick and one female incubating eggs. The likelihood is that this last nest is a second clutch for a first time breeder who lost her chicks after a few days.
It is not unusual for young inexperienced females to loose their chicks during their first breeding attempts, but with luck we will see further success this year. The follow on is that next year should be even better.
Categories: Great Bustards