Author Topic: Signs of Spring  (Read 115410 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1350 on: April 27, 2020, 11:01:41 am »
Unwanted sign of spring: my red arms.  :-[
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Kim

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1351 on: April 27, 2020, 12:59:02 pm »
Ah yes, my cyclists's tan has rebooted.  Seem to have avoided any actual burnage.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1352 on: April 29, 2020, 05:23:19 pm »
On our usual walk along a local river, we see coots, moorhens, swans and Mallard ducks. Today a female duck had seven ducklings in tow.

Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1353 on: April 30, 2020, 03:40:56 pm »
Today, in the hissing rain, some moorhen chicks which were too elusive to count. Two duck families, one with ten and the other with four ducklings. Hope the latter wasn't yesterday's seven  :-\

On checking, mallards have clutches of between 8 and 13. That suggests the survival rate isn't very high.

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1354 on: April 30, 2020, 03:46:52 pm »
One year, I saw a mallard with 10 ducklings in our local park on 28th February. We then had a fortnight's really cold weather and I'm sure the lot died. Another year, another mallard had some 10 duckings following her around and they were almost full size.
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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1355 on: May 06, 2020, 10:03:29 am »
Two swifts while on our permitted exercise yesterday.
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1356 on: May 06, 2020, 03:44:52 pm »
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Pingu

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1357 on: May 06, 2020, 06:18:34 pm »
First swifts of the year  :thumbsup:

Wowbagger

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1358 on: May 08, 2020, 03:22:10 pm »
First swifts of the year  :thumbsup:

I should have mentioned: Sunday 3rd May for me. For a while some were taking an interest in the house opposite ours, which I found interesting because I am sure they have never nested there before. However, that interest was short-lived. I would rather like to have swifts nesting in my ouse, although I suspect they might be noisy lodgers. I could put up with that for <4 months every year though.
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T42

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Re: Signs of Spring
« Reply #1359 on: May 08, 2020, 03:53:39 pm »
I was forgetting that we heard a cuckoo on Sunday, down in some trees along the stream by the sports ground.  There's one returns there every year. MrsT has seen it, but I haven't.

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