Naturelog: Friday 18th April

Posted: April 19, 2014 in Birds, Natural History
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The garden has remained quiet most of the week with a noticeable drop in visits to the feeder station. However there were some highlights today. One interesting thing was these two Ring-necked Parrakeets who were doing some form of courtship which involved nuzzling and preening.

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Late in the afternoon a Red Fox reappeared in the garden. This is the third time we have seen one recently and always in the same place. It keeps very much to the hedge only poking its head out to examine what is going on.

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Shortly after the Fox left I noticed another of our secretive vistors around the feeder staion. Dunnocks are birds of the hedgerow and we usually see them skulking in the border hedges, but this one was happily out in the open under the feeder station no doubt finding the remains of the meals dropped from the feeders above.

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Late Friday night I caught the distant calling of the Tawny Owl. We know we have a pair in the woods behind where we live and for a few years they were a regular sound but we think they must have moved their nest deeper into the woods and nearer the golf course so we don’t get to hear them so often. But it is nice to be reminded every now and again that they are still there.

Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Tawny Owl [sp] (Strix aluco)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)

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