Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lea Park, Thame, Oxfordshire

I have been a bit lax with patch watching over the last couple of weeks and need to get back on track from this week onwards. If nothing else, I have to do my last BTO BBS survey (http://www.bto.org/bbs/index.htm) and my last BTO BA TTV survey (http://www.bto.org/birdatlas/index.htm), last surveys for this year, by the end of June. I also want to fit in one UKBMS WCBS survey (http://www.ukbms.org/wcbs.htm) by the end of the month as well!

As of today all I have to note is a few items from the garden. Another confirmed breeding record for the TTV with a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) seen feeding a recently fledged youngster. The Common Frog (Rana temporaria) tadpoles in the pond are no more. They have changed into miniature versions of their adult future! Some still in the pond while others have started exploring the wider world. Finally, I spotted a fresh Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) taking nectar from a garden flower. Nothing show stopping but all great to see.

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