Grebes and the bad nesting site
There is an old steamboat in Lucerne Switzerland that serves as a restaurant and therefor is always at the same place on the lake. Every year either Eurasian Coots or Great Crested Grebes nest in the space that is provided by the paddles (is that the right word?) of the steamboat.
This nesting place seems to be very good this year there was one Grebe chick (the one you see in the Summer Chicks post). For the first time this year I observed them building another nest underneath the bridge on the left in the first picture. But that spot will not bring any luck because it is built in a place that is very dependent on the water level.
June 22nd: building the nest as seen in the video
June 29nd: the water level of the lake sank and the eggs fell into the water
July 21st: they built another nest, this time a little bigger and laid two eggs – I don’t know if it was the same couple
July 23rd: because they used so much weed on their nest I saw two Mute Swans having the nest for breakfast – or at least nibbling at it
July 25th: they still did not give up and rebuilt the whole thing – one sitting already again on it
July 30st: this time the water level of the lake rose and the nest – with no eggs – was floating, unstable, unusable
August 2nd: nothing is there anymore, I assume they won’t try it again – this year…
Part of “I and the bird #131“