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Archive images - April 2018

Blackbird female
This female blackbird is clearly feeding youngsters. She has a grub and a worm in her beak. Alwins Field, 25 April 2018.

Greenfinches are getting scarcer these days - here is one on our garden feeder, Alwins Field, 25 April 2018.

Small white butterfly
A small white butterfly (aka cabbage white), Alwins Field allotments, 23 April 2018.

A bee-fly in All Saints Church, 21 April 2018.
That long proboscis looks as if it might hurt, but it's only used to probe flowers, so no danger at all. It's actually a fly that looks like a bee, but the two-tone wings are a give-away.

Hoverfly - Syrphini
A hoverfly (one of the Syrphini) in All Saints Church, 21 April 2018.
It looks a bit like a wasp but it has no sting. In fact it does a lot of good, pollinating flowers, and its larvae eat aphids.

Speckled wood butterfly
A speckled wood butterfly in Linslade Woods, 19 April 2018.
This is one of the early Spring butterflies.

Forget-me-nots in Linslade Woods, 19 April 2018.

A hedgehog photographed by a trailcam in our garden, Alwins Field, in the early hours of 17 April 2018.

Lesser black-backed gull
One of many lesser black-backed gulls at Grovebury, 16 April 2018.

Pheasant female
A hen pheasant crossing the road, Well Lane, Wing, 16 April 2018.
She just wanted to get to the other side as her friends were already over there.

The bluebells are starting to flower in Linslade Woods, 15 April 2018.

There are a few patches of wood anemones in flower in Linslade Woods - 15 April 2018.

Stone centipede - Lithobius forficatus
A stone centipede (Lithobius forficatus) in our garden. There are many different species of centipede - this one is mature and has its full complement of 15 pairs of legs, while immature ones have fewer legs. Other species of centipede can have up to 83 pairs of legs.
 Alwins Field, 13 April 2018.

Field mouse
Field mouse in our garden, Alwins Field, 13 April 2018.
(Accompanied by a snail.)

Canada goose
Canada goose (one of a pair) on the canal towpath near Tesco, Linslade, 12 April 2018.

Mute swan on nest
Mute swan on her nest - Grand Union Canal, Linslade, 12 April 2018.

Chiffchaff "singing" in Linslade Woods, 5 April 2018.

Cherry blossom
Cherry blossom by the canal towpath, Linslade, 5 April 2018.

Mandarin duck
Mandarin duck near The Globe Inn, Linslade, 5 April 2018.

Common field speedwell
Common field speedwell in flower in Linslade Woods, 3 April 2018.

Brown lipped snail - Cepaea nemoralis
It's been very wet recently and now the temperature has gone up there are plenty of snails about. This one is probably a brown-lipped snail (Cepaea nemoralis) in our garden, Alwins Field, 3 April 2018.

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