Now it’s mid-August we are no longer seeing storks on the aqueduct. Oh, sometimes they are there in the evenings, but mostly they have gone. We think they have gone to the wetlands to get fat before migrating all the way to Africa.
In April they had clearly paired up (we believe storks pair for life). By May we were able to see the chicks in the next and by late June they were weighed and measured and had started to exercise their wings. This is fun to watch. They jump up and down whilst flapping their wings. Sometimes they take off and if that happens before they are ready, they crash land. Usually somewhere the parents find them. Though we did see one being cared for by builders on a building site. They had phoned the Belediye who came and took the young bird to the vet.
The flying exercises continued throughout July and, by early August, they were flying around in small flocks. With increasing competence.
Hoping to see them at Pamucak before they leave and that they will spend a safe winter in Africa and that most of them will come back next year. There are still a few spare perches for the nests though, if all this year’s new generation return they will have to find some new spaces. This year one pair nested and successfully raised chicks in a tree by the railway station so there are plenty of possibilities.