Archive for April 1, 2015

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I have been putting off the weekly survey walk around the Tarn in the hope that I might get a warm still day. Well that sort of plan usually goes astray and as the survey week, which runs Wednesday to Tuesday, comes to an end I have to take what I get, which is a sunny day coupled with a 25mph westerly wind!

There was plenty of activity on the Tarn as the Geese stake out their territories with much hissing and squarking at anyone who ventures too close to the chosen spot. The Canada -Greylag pair were engaging in some courtship dancing which involved a lot of neck waggling.

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A Terrapin was sunning itself on an island. I think it is a Cooter species, possibly one of the Red-bellied Cooters. I really must see if I can get a firm ID on it this year.

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The Little Grebe, seen last week, was not to be seen but many of the residents were present including 3 Tufted Duck, the highest count here for some months.

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Spring though is moving on. Many of the daffodils seem to have already passed their peak and other flowers are just emerging to brighten up the walk.

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No butterflies, bees or dragonflies yet but hopefully in the next few weeks we should start to see them appearing.

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)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)