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Mr and Mrs Coot are pleased to announce the laying of three eggs! I can’t tell male from female Coot – I’m not even sure if it’s possible to tell which is which – but one of them was sitting tight on the nest when I visited this morning.

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However, this small area of water has two pairs of Coots in residence, and they are uneasy neighbours. First, they were simply trying to intimidate each other.

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Next thing you know, there’s a full scale battle underway.

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And the sitting Coot left the nest to join in the tussle, which is how I know there are three eggs.

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Luckily, the skirmish didn’t last long, and the eggs were soon safe and warm under their parent once more.

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