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Hazel flower

A hazel flower found in Lincolnshire (12/02/2018), as the tree is wind pollinated the pollen is blown from the male catkins to the female flowers which consists of  red styles protruding from a green bud. A sign of spring on a really cold February day…..

Checking chimney pots for breeding barn owls

Checking for barn owls in Nottinghamshire.

Using a telescopic handler and safety cage a check of the chimney pots was undertaken. These signs included brooding adult birds, concentrations of accumulated flattened pellet nest debris, faecal encrustation, eggs or eggshell remains, surplus prey items, bodily remains of chicks or infant down feathers.

An inspection of the base of the chimney suggested that the pellets were probably compressed, and it was considered likely that this area had served as a nesting chamber in the past.

Evidence of both current and long-term roosting by this species was found inside the roof void and associated with the chimney pot in the form of pellets (numbering several hundred in the chimney), areas of faecal deposits and feathers. A number of pellets were found on the the top of the brickwork.

 

Willow Tit Nest Boxes

The reasons for the serious decline of the Willow Tit in the UK is constrained by a lack of understanding of the species’ ecology, which is partly due to the difficulty of persuading Willow Tits to use nestboxes.

This design of  nestbox has been shown to work in some study area. Nest success from nests in boxes that reach the egg stage is very high, probably much higher than those in natural cavities.

See this article https://britishbirds.co.uk/article/nestboxes-fieldcraft-monitoring-willow-tits/

Tundra bean goose (Anser serrirostris) at Marston STW

The tundra bean goose is a species of bean goose that can be seen in the UK during the winter. It tends to be darker and browner than the other ‘grey geese’ species with orange legs and a darker head and neck.

The tundra bean goose is a species of bean goose that can be seen in the UK during the winter. It tends to be darker and browner than the other ‘grey geese’ species with orange legs and a darker head and neck.
The tundra bean goose is a species of bean goose that can be seen in the UK during the winter. It tends to be darker and browner than the other ‘grey geese’ species with orange legs and a darker head and neck.
The tundra bean goose is a species of bean goose that can be seen in the UK during the winter. It tends to be darker and browner than the other ‘grey geese’ species with orange legs and a darker head and neck.
The tundra bean goose is a species of bean goose that can be seen in the UK during the winter. It tends to be darker and browner than the other ‘grey geese’ species with orange legs and a darker head and neck.

Rook Talk – 20th January 2018

A joint LBC/LNU Meeting – 20th January 2018 – non-members very welcome.Lincolnshire Rooks; Living in the shadow of Ash dieback by Andrew Chick.The talk will look at 70 years of rook studies in Lincolnshire, starting with the1947 LNU Transaction paper and compare the results of the 2017 LincolnshireBird Club survey which inspected over 250 rookeries and counted 5959 nests.During the 1980s a detailed survey of the trees utilised by nesting rooks wasundertaken to assess the likely impact of Dutch Elm Disease on Lincolnshirebirds, some 30 years later we are now assessing the potential impact thatChalara dieback will have on Lincolnshire wildlife?

Rook Talk – 20th January 2018

Fomes fomentarius

Fomes fomentarius at Clumber Park growning on SIlver Birch.

Fomes fomentarius.

Fomes fomentarius is a species of fungus found in the UK. The species produces a relatively large fruit bodies which are shaped like a horse’s hoof and vary in colour from silver grey to black, though they are normally light brown. It grows on the side of various species and shown here growing on silver birch.