Thursday, 7 March 2013

Spring flowers

Egyptian Geese, Alopochen aegyptiacus by Mill Road
Yesterday I joined Butterfly Conservation members Neil, Mark, Roger and Murray Downland Trust members at Heyshott for more clearance work. The site is looking amazing now with so many areas cleared and joined up to create an ideal landscape for primulas and the endangered Duke of Burgundy butterfly to expand into.
Mark and Neil giving the impression they are working hard :)
It's all about the Primrose, Primula vulgaris
Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis
We hope to see the Orange-tip on the Cuckoo Flower soon

Mill Road:

Gadwall, Anas strepera
Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Arundel WWT:
Coot, Fulica atra
Common Pochard, Aythya Ferina
Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
black-headed Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata
Even on a dull, cloudy day this duck is outstanding. I spent ninety minutes in front of the Kingfisher area. There was plenty of action in spite of its absence. A pair of Mallards bobbed at each other, but as soon as another drake dared to join in he was seen off forcefully. When the ranger put the feed into the water there was a mass of squawking ducks and the females pecked at the drakes to gain their share of the spoils.
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Red-breasted Goose, Branta Ruficollis and
Lesser White-fronted Goose, Anser erythropus

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