Aunty Dorrie went broody three times last season and she is now broody again for the first time this season and we are only 6 days into Spring.
I don’t mind her going broody. I would love to have lots of chicks around but she hides and I have never been successful in finding her nests until it is too late.
Today I was watching out for Aunt Dorrie. I knew that she normally comes out mid morning for food and water.
And I saw her coming up from the hill at the bottom of the lawn. So I waited while she ate and drank and preened and bokked and then she decided she had been off her nest long enough. And she ran!
She ran so fast that by the time I got to the end of the lawn and looked down the bank, she was gone.
So I carefully eased myself down the bank slipping and sliding in the wet clay. I think she must be somewhere near this area.
Then I spied a lone egg. A small light brown egg. This egg has either rolled out of the nest or she pushed it out for some reason.
I didn’t want to pull all the vegetation away to find her as I didn’t want to scare her. I might wait until tomorrow morning when she comes off for food and water and have a look around this area then.