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Archive images - March 2017

Feral pigeon
  One of the feral pigeons that frequents Alwins Field: 30 March 2017.

Dark-edged bee-fly - Bombylius major
  The dark-edged bee-fly (Bombylius major) is fairly common across the UK. This was on our wall, Alwins Field, 30 March 2017.

Long-tailed tit
  A long-tailed tit collecting feathers as nesting material in Linslade Woods on 25 March 2017.

Frog tadpoles
  A mass of frog tadpoles in the pond in Linslade Woods, photographed on 25 March 2017.

Water springtails - Podura aquatica
  Water springtails (Podura aquatica) at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park on 23 March 2017.
These creatures are only 2mm long and can walk on water. They can also jump out of danger (or just 'cos they feel like it) using a spring that they have underneath their bodies.

Gwynne's mining bee - Andrena bicolor
  Gwynne's mining bee (Andrena bicolor) is a small mining bee and is one of the first to appear in the Spring sunshine.
Alwins Field, on a cowslip, 15 March 2017.

Marmalade hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus
  This female marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) seems to be newly hatched here.  Alwins Field, 15 March 2017.

Grey heron
  This grey heron visited our garden where it caught and ate at least two frogs.  Alwins Field, 11 March 2017.

  This female blackbird with a scraggy tail has been visiting our garden since before Christmas.  Now she has built a nest, but her tail shows no signs of growing new feathers.  Alwins Field, 10 March 2017.

Red kite
  Red kites are often seen in this area looking out for food from gardens.  Alwins Field, 4 March 2017.

Common frogs
  Frogs have been arriving at our garden pond, sometimes alone and sometimes already paired.  Females are often (but not always) more highly coloured than the males, and bigger too.
Alwins Field, at night,  3 March 2017.

Common newt
  A common newt in our garden, Alwins Field, 3 March 2017.
The newts are congregating in and around the pond.

Ducks landing
  A formation landing over the roof into our pond by the two mallards that have started to visit regularly: Alwins Field, 1 March 2017.
Just over the roof and starting to descend - continued below.

Ducks landing - aerobraking
  Formation ducks aerobraking over the solar panels.
 Alwins Field, 1 March 2017.

Ducks on the glide path to the pond
  Formation ducks on the glide path into the pond.
Alwins Field, 1 March 2017.

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