Tuesday, 9 June 2015

June 9th Mousehold Heath

It is the penultimate bird survey at Mousehold Heath today. We heard blackbirds, blackcaps, blue tits, long-tailed tits, robins, song thrushes, chaffinches, chiffchaffs, greenfinches, dunnocks, willow warblers, wrens, whitethroats, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, jay and magpie. But despite hearing all them, we actually heard fewer birds singing today. Things are starting to quiet down now. Though there were few bird songs to listen to, there were a lot of calls. Most of them being high pitched peeps that were barely audible. I think these were parent birds calling to their chicks to be quiet as a warning to our presence. These calls are hard to identify with without seeing the bird making them. We heard a few chick feeding calls today, too.

Will and I found some other things besides birds, including...
Birch Polypore Brackets
Oak Apple Gall (I think)
Wood Avens

Spiderlings (baby spiders)
Hoverfly Volucella bombylans (I think)
Ox-eyed Daisy
Field Poppy
White Campions

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