Storks battle for nest site

Dear Editor,
There was an unholy commotion near the José Arcanjo Stadium in Olhão last week when six storks did battle for a nest on top of a tall chimney.

The defending pair of birds held off the attack by four other storks trying to claim the prestigious site.

Whilst many storks overwinter in the Algarve, some, particularly young birds returning late from Africa, attempt to lay claim to existing nests.

Local residents gathered to watch as wave-after-wave of noisy attacks were repelled. Females can lay a clutch of usually four eggs which hatch at different times with both parents taking turn to incubate and then feed the young. The young storks leave the nest about two months after hatching.

Chris Wright
By email