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Archive images - March 2019


Great Egret
A Great Egret, a species that is becoming established in Britain, at Tiddenfoot WP, 29 March 2019.





Great Crested Grebes
Great Crested Grebes, caught in the act of mating on their nest; Tiddenfoot WP on 29 March 2019.





Feral pigeon
A Feral Pigeon (a domesticated pigeon bred from the wild Rock Dove) taking a drink from our garden pond, Alwins Field, 28 March 2019.
Pigeons are notable as being able to drink without having to let their beak fill and then throwing their head back.





7-spot Ladybirds
There were dozens of 7-spot Ladybirds in Linslade Woods on 24 March 2019.  They had emerged from hibernation and many were intent on mating.





Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine in Linslade Woods on 24 March 2019.





Comma butterfly
A Comma butterfly was warming itself in the sunshine, having woken up from its winter sleep.  Linslade Woods, 24 March 2019.





Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admirals have started to overwinter in England. It looks like this is one that did - photographed in Linslade Woods, 24 March 2019.





Hairy-footed Flower Bee
The Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes) is one of the first bees to emerge in the Spring, the males a few weeks before the females. This is a male in Linslade Woods on 24 March 2019.





Forget-me-nots
Forget-me-nots in flower in Linslade Woods, 24 March 2019. The bottom left flower has a tiny black beetle visiting.





Mallard drake
A drake Mallard has been hanging around our garden for the last couple of days, apparently in the hope that a/his duck will turn up, but she has not so far done so. 22 March 2019.





Green Alkanet
Green Alkanet in flower in Bossington Lane, 20 March 2019.





Rook
One of the rooks that frequents our garden, Alwins Field,
 17 March 2019.
We think this is an old one because of the bill, which has developed a curve and a gap, and on account of the multiple grey feathers. Most of the other rooks have mated and visit in pairs - this one is on its own.





Black-headed Gulls
A pair of Black-headed Gulls near the children's play area on Alwins Field, 11 March 2019. The bird on the right has developed a dark head, which it does by scratching off the white ends of the new feathers that have grown over the winter to reveal their black bases. The bird on the left is still is still scratching.





Lacewing
A Lacewing that had been hibernating indoors had woken up and was put outside, Alwins Field, 11 March 2019.





Purple Deadnettle
Purple Deadnettle in Linslade Woods, 11 March 2019.





Ivy-leaved Speedwell
Ivy-leaved Speedwell in flower, Linslade Woods, 11 March 2019.





Meadow pipit
A flock of Meadow Pipits was feeding around Astral Lake Park - this one has just found a tasty morsel, 7 March 2019.





Wigeon drake
A few Wigeon have been seen at Astral Lake Park but only one drake was present on 7 March 2019.





Mute Swan
A Mute Swan lands on the water at Astral Lake Park, 7 March 2019.





Frogspawn
Frogspawn in the pond in Linslade Woods, 5 March 2019.





Primroses
Primroses, Linslade Woods, 5 March 2019.





Sallow catkin
A Sallow catkin, Linslade Woods, 5 March 2019.

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