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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

31st May

A couple of photo opportunities that I managed to grab.

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None of the three Heron chicks have left the nest yet, though one of them is branching with confidence. The others especially the smaller bird is a long way behind.

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The Kestrels in the Wetland Pen are progressing nicely

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The female stands guard, then pops in to feed the chicks on food dropped off by the male.

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The warm sun allowed a Long-tailed tit family the chance to do some sun bathing

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The Little Owl young still haven’t left the safety of the nest yet

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You may wonder why I have posted a picture of the back of an owls head. The strange thing about this photo is that it was taken through the back window of my truck with the owl perched on the back.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

28th May

A rather grey blustery day with not much happening to inspire me to get out and about. Added to that I was working all day.

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The male in this picture was an intruder and was at first evicted from the nest before any damage could be done and then chased off by the resident male.

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If you stand on the opposite side of the lake looking back towards the Wetland Pen, area 32 you can view life in the Kestrel box.

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At last earthworm is on the menu, though more rain would help these birds as well as the members of the thrush family.

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Female on Squirrel patrol

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This juvenile Great spotted Woodpecker had to be rescued from 2 Magpies. It was released back by the nest tree a short time later.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

26th May

A good start to the day weather wise gradually deteriorating into heavy showers around lunchtime.

A good place to see the male Little Owl is near the southern end of area 25, just north of the last group of trees.

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The upper two photos show the male, while the lower two are the female.

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The Kestrel young in area 32 are not easy to see, but the female now feeds them and then observes from a distance.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

25th May

Still a bit quiet, most of the migrants will have now reached their breeding grounds. If we happened to have an easterly air-flow, then we might get a few late birds.

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The sports pitches sprinkler system has been starved of water lately due to the bedding plants and the lake needing it more. We have now been able to start watering again, giving the local House Martins the chance to collect mud and grass for their nests.

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Material gathered and it’s off back to the colony on Park Road

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The male sing from a perch in the rough grassland by area 34 and occasionally performs his display flight

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The female appears to be waving at someone

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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