Is this number of Coot juveniles that I saw a record?
QThis pair of Coots at Lamby Lake, Cardiff, have eight well-grown young. In my time as a birder I have never seen this many juveniles in one family. Do you think this is some kind of a record? Allan Dowson
ALike you, we thought this was rather unusual, but in fact the average size of a Coot’s clutch is 6-10 eggs. What is unusual, perhaps, is that so many have survived to this stage of their development (and you mention that you returned later and that all eight were still present). In the normal course of things, unfortunately, you’d expect several to be lost to predators at an early stage. The problem for this family, as the year goes on, will be for the eight young birds to find enough food.