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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

24th May

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The Little Owl was given a hard time by a pair of Mistle Thrushes (below)

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The gull colony on area 8 has increased from 3 pairs last year to 5 this. The eggs and chicks area quite attractive and were only disturbed briefly while I checked to see if any species of waterfowl from the collection were nesting nearby.

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Male Common Whitethroat in the Wetland Pen, area 32. Today 2 males were heard singing at the same time in slightly different areas of area 31.

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The female is still feeding her brood without any help, though she did behave like a naughty school boy when she caught a Crane Fly and then pulled all his legs off before taking it to the nest.

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Broods of Long-tailed tits can be now heard around the park, so it looks as if they have done fairly well after the cold spell at the end of last year.

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It is however a problem when you have a long tail and the wind is as strong as it has been.

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2 comments:

Michael said...

Great pictures as ever, Tony. Whereabouts in the park are you seeing the little owl? I'd love to see it! best wishes - Michael

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Michael.
The owls are in area 25, but it important not to draw attention to that fact incase they are disturbed. So watch at a distance and morning is best.

cheers

Tony