It has been so hot and dry that a local pond has completely dried up. I have never known this before. Earlier in the year the moorhens bred there and a duck family, and although the water was low, they all thrived. Yesterday I was amazed to see a tiny moorhen chick on the parched mud. Just one. It was calling loudly and out in the heat on its own. This must be from a second brood.
Eventually a parent bird appeared and they moved into the reeds. I scanned the pond and found a nest, with an unsuccessful egg nearby.
And a bit further away was another, sort of make-shift nest and a chick, but unmoving. Did it perish due to the dry and heat? I felt a bit sickened and worried and sent out a plea for rain.
I had to look up what moorhens eat, (RSPB) - water plants, seeds, fruit, grasses, insects, snails and worms - apparently the parent bird feeds the young chick to begin with but presumably they will be in need of water. I will have to keep checking on this family.