Wildlife at Westdown: A Note from Jim Inglis

This is a Tawny Frogmouth chick that fell out of its nest and ended up on the slasher the other day. Its mum did a great job and it fledged successfully, to our great relief.

The Tawny Frogmouth is fairly common and “nests” at our place every November. The nest however is virtually non-existent but they mostly use the same dubious spot each year so the eggs and chicks [1-3] live on the verge of oblivion.

We usually get a couple of families.

They have very soft, penetrating, low frequency calls which sound like a distant power house … ooom, ooom, ooom.

It’s great to lie in bed and listen to them.

They’re better than cats at cleaning up rats and mice and are absolutely ghost-like in silent flight.
The lapwings pass, mince through the grass,
The frogmouth chicks look down
And teeter on oblivion,
While mother wears a frown.

Jim Inglis

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