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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

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