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Bram: A second nest?!

After recording some suspicious behaviour from Bram's GPS-tracker, we have found him sitting on a second nest!

This nest is much less accessible than his first, making it difficult to photograph and check how far along the nest is. So far, we have confirmed at least 1 chick, that's approximately 13 days old. This means Bram must have started the second nest in early August, days after his first nest was found empty. While we don't know what this means for the fate of his first 2 chicks, it is great to see him having a second nest this breeding season.

Research has shown that the Turtle Dove breeding season is much shorter than it was back in the 1960s. Bram and his partner are therefore part of an elite group: only 5% of the Turtle Dove population starts a nest in August.


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