Spring is Sprung

From the top: A little grebe from Cromford Canal; a male orange tip from Attenborough; little ringed plover, male ruff, male shelduck, curlew and avocet from Frampton Marsh; and chiffchaff and nightingale from Whisby.
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Two Little Winter Birds

A male Bearded Tit and a male Stonechat, both from Langford Lowfields, Nottinghamshire, January 2017.male-bearded-titmale-stonechat

Tree Sparrow

According to the RSPB, the UK tree sparrow population has suffered a severe decline, estimated at 93 per cent between 1970 and 2008, although recent Breeding Bird Survey data suggests that numbers may have started to increase, albeit from a very low point. I count myself lucky, then, to see tree sparrows fairly regularly here in the East Midlands.

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Frampton Marsh in Winter

At the end of a particularly mild November here in the East Midlands, a trip to Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire provided us with sightings of quite a wide range of birds. As well as large numbers of ducks, geese and plovers there were a few waders and, of course, the glossy ibis was still there. We had hoped to see the lapland buntings, but it wasn’t to be.
From the top: common redshankglossy ibis flying overhead and black-tailed godwit.

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Butterflies and Dragonflies

A few from the archives; can’t wait to see them all again this summer. From the top: butterflies – large white, marbled white, mating marsh fritillaries, peacock, chalk hill blue, and a unique sighting – the scarce yellow-legged tortoiseshell; dragonflies – female broad-bodied chaser, male banded demoiselle.large-whitemarbled-white1marsh-fritillaries-matingpeacockchalkhill-blue1jac6931female-broad-bodied-chaserbanded-demoiselle1

Spring at Attenborough

Attenborough Nature Reserve, near Nottingham, really comes alive in Springtime and we spend as much time as we can there, looking for early butterflies and the warblers arriving. (Whitethroat and Male Orange Tip).

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