Archive for March 19, 2015

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Spring is almost here and its time to start the recording walks on the local patch. This year I am recording butterflies, dragonflies and bumblebees and this requires a weekly walk of 90 minutes or so following the same route until the end of October.

So off to the Tarn for this weeks walk.

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The green algae problem is still present. I had hoped that a cold winter would kill it off but alas we didnt get one and it doesn’t bode well for this summer if it is hot. Still the birds have started to return. Both groups of Canada and Greylag geese are back and it is good to see that our mixed pair has returned for the 3rd year in succession.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

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I am pleased to find a Little Grebe near the western island. I can only wonder if this is the same individual as was here last autumn – He, or she, certainly favours the same location in the lake.

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The coots and Moorhens are gathering nesting material and I spend a pleasant 10 minutes watching a male gathering twigs, which he then passes to his mate who arranges them in the nest.

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And what of those butterflies, dragonflies and bees. Well I draw a complete blank, but it is early in the season and there is always next week!

Magpie

Magpie

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)