Regular readers will fully understand the following statement, newcomers may wonder what the excitement is about.
I hadn't been to see the shopping trolley nest for a couple of weeks, and in the meantime they have been quite industrious and have built the biggest nest that I have seen on this site (perhaps the biggest coot nest I have seen this year?). The shopping trolley is almost totally obscured by the size of it. The construction is more sturdy with lots of branches and twigs in situ rather than the normal floppy reeds. As can be seen, they are still building and sitting tight on what I hope is eggs.
The tide was still rising at this point, but there may be enough height in the nest to cope with it. Even if there is a little dousing of the nest, they should be able to keep adding to it to keep it clear. Promising stuff.
The future is bright, the future is orange tufted round its ugly little head. Perhaps.