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Archive images - March 2018

Small tortoiseshell butterfly
The first butterfly we've seen in our garden this year - a small tortoiseshell, newly awakened from hibernation.
Alwins Field, 26 March 2018.

A hawfinch in Rothschild Road, Linslade on 25 March 2018.
There have been many hawfinches in England this winter - usually they are very scarce.

Siskin - female
A female siskin in Rothschild Road, Linslade, 25 March 2018.

Silverfish - Lepisma saccharina
A silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) found in our bathroom - Alwins Field, 25 March 2018.
Silverfish are small insects, about 10mm long plus antennae and cerci, that like damp places. They are nocturnal and eat carbohydrates. They move in a wriggling motion and are shiny and scaly - hence the name silverfish.

Field mouse
A field mouse seen unusually in daylight on Sunday morning,
Alwins Field, 25 March 2018.

A starling making a quick visit to our garden feeder.
Alwins Field, 21 March 2018.

A wren looking for bugs to eat in the waterfall of our garden pond, Alwins Field, 21 March 2018.

Ornamental currant
Buds on an ornamental currant bush in All Saints Leighton Buzzard churchyard on 19 March 2018.

Gwynne's mining bee - Andrena bicolor
Gwynne's mining bee (Andrena bicolor) is one of the earliest solitary bees seen flying in this area. There were a dozen or so in All Saints churchyard on 16 March 2018.

The pair of mallards, at home in our garden pond and the duck half asleep, Alwins Field, 16 March 2018.

A siskin, one of seven, in Linslade Woods - 11 March 2018.

Common frogs and spawn
There were a lot of common frogs and a lot of frogspawn in the Linslade Woods pond on 11 March 2018.

Common frog
A common frog, in our garden, Alwins Field, in the evening, and it's raining - 9 March 2018.

Great crested grebe
Great crested grebe, Tiddenfoot WP, 6 March 2018.
There was a pair and they had started to build a nest.

Water springtail - Podura aquatica
Water springtails (Podura aquatica) are very numerous on the small ponds at Tiddenfoot WP at this time of year. These were photographed on 6 March 2018. The tiny claws allow them to walk on water.

Feral pigeons
Four feral pigeons having an icy bath in our garden pond, Alwins Field on 4 March 2018.

Pied wagtail
A pied wagtail (for some reason missing its long tail) in our garden, Alwins Field on 3 March 2018.

Black-headed gulls
Black-headed gulls feeding on bread in our garden, Alwins Field, photographed on 2 March 2018.
The one on the right has a dark head, but it's not really black; the other still has its winter plumage - just a smudge on the head.

A jackdaw about to attack the fatballs in our garden. It's snowing - Alwins Field, 1 March 2018.

A snow-covered rook in our garden, Alwins Field, 1 March 2018.
An adult rook always has a bare patch at the base of the beak.

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