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Archive for February, 2011

I’ve set…

…in motion the first steps to becoming a bird ringer for the BTO, this will mean becoming an apprentice to a qualified BTO bird ringer for a year or two, I’m really looking forward to getting hands on and contributing to the conservation of birds.

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…vitamin D on sunday morning enabled me to get out and about over Langley Vale Farm/Epsom Downs for a survey! Managed this half decent shot of  a Robin and a landscape of Epsom Downs showing the first greens of spring.

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A beautiful…

…female Blackbird captured in a tree in the garden today.

Blackbird

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misty grey day today (and yesterday!) spring can’t come to soon for my liking, I spent 3 hours over the farmlands doing a bird survey and saw the 70 or so Redwings that I saw on Friday and all the other usual suspects where spotted I was pleased to see a Little Owl (first one this year) I think it’s the same one that I first spotted last year, then I followed its progress from April and watched it raise 1 owlet to fledging, I think it’s back to reclaim its nesting hole which is normal for this owl. I hope to set up a hide on the nesting site and get some decent photographs this season, fingers crossed!

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…had a dental appointment this afternoon so I was able to get out over the farmland for a couple of hours before it got dark. The wildlife is certainly coming to life again now spring is nearly upon us, a variety of birds spotted, I was treated to a  male Song Thrush vocalising his full repetoire of songs trying to attract a mate, a couple of Skylarks in a courtship flight and a variety of other birds that seem to have already paired up. Also spotted a flock of about 70 Redwings  pearched in a couple of trees, the Redwing is part of the Thrush family and another winter visitor but rarely breeds in the UK. The rabbits are also starting to show and the flora is breaking out with buds and catkins on the trees and bushes!

Looking forward to spring even more now!!!

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…spotted this afternoon while walking on Walton Heath, these birds are quite timid and are very difficult to get close to even though they perch high up in the tops of trees! As you can see from the shot the weather was sunny and it was very pleasant too, nice to have at least one sunny day over the weekend!

Redwing - Walton Heath 12-02-11

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…shame I was at work!!!

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