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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Grebe and Barnacle goose return


All in one day this week the grebe returned. You may remember last year we had for the first time a breading pair who laid eggs but they were destroyed. So far we have only spotted the one grebe lets hope he bring his mate with him and hopefully bread this year.


The Barnacle goose also returned this week. It very strange as normally they only come in winter and no further south than Scotland. I think this one has got confused and now thinks he is a Canadian goose.


The wild life is picking up with the chaffinch seen below. There are lots of tits and finch currently in the park along with other birds. We say a strange site this week as a rook took a magpie out of the sky just like a bird of prey and he had it pinned down as his mate joined in luckily the magpie escaped

The chaffinch is the UK's second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. It does not feed openly on bird feeders - it prefers to hop about under the bird table or under the hedge. You'll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.


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