One Word Sunday: Tower

Stork 08.07.2018

Towers in my area of Switzerland, Kanton Solothurn, are very rarely left uninhabited. We have a stork colony near in the village of Altreu, but the storks are free to build their nests where they want to. Storks also tend to use the same nest again. Probably because the material they need to nest on can reach a metric ton. This seems to be a converted radio pylon.

Stork on Konzertsaal 19.04.2019 (2)

Unfortunately the storks have now discovered that in the actual town of Solothurn there are some useful places to build a nest. This is the chimney on our concert hall, and it is much to the displeasure of the local authorities. During their nesting period there is no problem, but when they abandon the nest for warmer places in late Autumn, it will have to be removed by probably a crane. In the meanwhile I always make a stop at the concert hall to see if I can get a photo of our intruders.

One Word Sunday: Tower

8 thoughts on “One Word Sunday: Tower

  1. Sigh, I so miss seeing storks. I grew up innthe south of Germany and we always went to Nรถrdlingen to see the storks nisting there. Have only seen storks flying by here in the UK. But we have flocks of geese coming along every spring and autumn where we live now and that is as exciting. Have a lovely Sunday ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

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    • They are local here. They nest every year in our area. There was a colony for many years in Altreu , but now theyโ€™re encouraged to spread. Now and again we see them sitting on lampposts and sometimes they sit on the roofs of our estate, although they can be quite messy

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      • I bet they are messy. We have two couples of house martins nisting at our house and their young make one hell of a mess. Its also directly beside our back door ๐Ÿ˜ But I think its worth it. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

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    • I love storks too and read last year that a project has been set up to reintroduce white storks to Britain – looking like a well established, breeding community in Sussex by 2030.

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      • Oh, that is cool. Maybe they do one here in Norfolk too. There are a couple of RSPB sanctuaries here. Thanks for letting me know. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

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    • It seems the higher the better. We have two towers with storks near our village. During Winter they are empty, but the storks had already returned end of Feburary this year and the eggs hatched some time ago.

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