The last Corncrake in the Callows is unlikely to breed successfully this year. Double brooded, its first nest would have been washed away. It should be on its second brood of eggs now, but all suitable habitat is under water. For such a short lived bird (3 years) failure to successfully fledge two broods can have devastating impacts on its population. Our bird is unlikely to fledge any young this year. The farmers and conservationists are devastated – could this be the last Corncrake in the Callows? We won’t know until next year…. it’s going to be long wait.
|Red arrows marke where Inchinalee used to be. © H. Denniston|
|Inchinalee Island under water .© H. Denniston|
Breeding has finished on most sites and the birds have left. Their absence and the silence is a little eerie, especially on Inishee. Apart from a few Redshank, which should be gone this week, Snipe are all that is left. They have a longer breeding season than Lapwing, Redshank and Curlew and surveying will continue for another few weeks on their sites.