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Archive images - February 2017

Green woodpecker female
  A female green woodpecker taking a break from eating ants in our garden, Alwins Field, 26 February 2017.

  One of the rooks from Linslade Woods that regularly visits our garden, Alwins Field, 26 February 2017.

Wood pigeon
  A close-up of the head of a woodpigeon in our garden, Alwins Field, on 26 February 2017.  The pupil in the eye of most birds is circular, but not in woodpigeons.

Common toad
  A common toad being "rescued" by the Toad Patrol at Heath and Reach on 22 February 2017.  The Toad Patrol was started in 2013 and several hundred toads, frogs and newts have been helped to cross a busy road each year.

Honey bee
  A honey bee collecting nectar and pollen from snowdrops in All Saints' churchyard, 20 February 2017.  The yellow pollen can be seen on its pollen baskets on the hind legs.

Drone fly - Eristalis tenax
  A drone fly (Eristalis tenax) taking nectar from snowdrops in All Saints' churchyard on 20 February 2017.  The drone fly does not collect pollen and has no baskets on its hind legs for it.

Mallard duck
  A pair of mallards visited our garden at Alwins Field, seemingly to check it out for food and shelter.  Here is the duck.  18 February 2017.

Feral pigeon
  A feral pigeon in our garden at Alwins Field, 15 February 2017.
These pigeons have been mating and now this one seems to have started to collect nesting material.

  A treecreeper at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, 4 February 2017.
Treecreepers are small birds - their body the size of a wren's - but they have a long tail that helps them to balance when climbing trees.

Great crested grebe
  This great crested grebe was quite careful with the fairly large perch that it had caught.  The perch has a sharp, spiny dorsal fin that is splayed out in this photo and could cause the bird serious injury.
Tiddenfoot WP, 4 February 2017.

Winter aconites
  Winter aconites coming in to flower in the churchyard at All Saints, Leighton Buzzard, 3 February 2017.

  A robin singing in his/her patch of All Saints church, Leighton Buzzard, 3 February 2017.

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