Archive for July 2, 2013

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Working at home most of today – 4 Swifts over garden mid-morning and a brief view of Green Woodpecker as it flew through were the garden highlights. Went for lunchtime walk around the Tarn. The Canada and Greylag Geese have been very successful with their broods this year and neither seem to have lost any youngsters and these are now nearly adult size and fast taking on adult plumage.

The young Greylag Geese look very like adult birds now

The young Greylag Geese look very like adult birds now

I could still only find 1 Moorhen chick but the Coots seem to have survived and there are 3 family groups (2 of 4 young and 1 of a single young bird). One pair of Coots seem to be still sitting on nest so they either have eggs or chicks too.

Young Coot

Young Coot

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Returning home from the station in the evening a Sparrowhawk swept across the road and into the Park.

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

26 species were seen on the patch this month.

Things have generally been quiet as the birds get on with the job of raising their young. This has been most evident on the Tarn where Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Coot , Moorhens and Mallard have successfully bred.

I had been wondering whether this year the Swifts would stay around and breed. I can’t be sure about the breeding as they appear to be somewhere to the north of the garden most of the time, but certainly between two and four birds have been seen during the month, which certainly holds out hope that they have bred again locally this year.

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The only new butterfly species,in fact the only butterfly species,recorded this month was Large White.

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Treecreeper [sp] (Certhia familiaris)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)