March Review

Peacock Butterfly emerged in March
Peacock Butterfly emerged in March
Well it's April fools day, and the weather forecast last night was the biggest trick of all, it's grey and miserable today not warm and sunny like the predicted and so I shall get my March round up completed really early this month. I'll have to wait for tomorrow to chase the Blackcap shot I wanted to try for.

An Apology


Firstly let me apologise for not adding as many daily reports as I would have liked, I started well but then got caught up with working extra, illness and a sore back so just didn't get out in the tail end of the month as much as I would have liked, I tried to keep things ticking over on the blog with reviews and the likes so I hope I still kept you entertained. Anyway on with the review of March

The Species roundup


Long-tailed tits nest building
Long-tailed tits nest building
As you would expect March is a bit of an odd month for birds, you have outgoing winter stuff still hanging Fieldfare, Redwing, etc.) and incoming migrants (My first Chiffchaff and Blackcap etc.) so it can be a productive month, and March on the patch was just that I also added my first Redpoll of the year and a patch tick in the form of a coughing Phesant. A total of 57 bird species were seen, a few butterflies - Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone. There were some Slugs and a whole lot more. Any way the full list of birds for the month is below.
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The Bird List



Great Crested grebe
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Cormorant
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Mallard
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
Common Buzzard
Pheasant
Water Rail
Coot
Moorhen
Black Headed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Greater Black-backed gull
Wood Pigeon
Collard Dove
Stock Dove
Feral Pigeon
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Wren
Dunnock
European Robin
Redwing
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Fieldfare
Blackbird
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed tit
Treecreeper
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Linnet
Common Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch
Reed Bunting

Photographic Round up:


I finally achieved a goal I have had in my mind for several months and that was to photograph a Great-crested Grebe emerging from the mist. I also added a few more birds in the mist photos, and had some other cracking photos to add to my portfolio.

Great-crested Grebe in the mist, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes March 2014
Great-crested Grebe in the mist, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes March 2014

Mallard in the mist, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes March 2014
Mallard in the mist, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes March 2014

Coot in the mist, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes March 2014
Coot in the mist, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes March 2014

Long-tailed tit - March 2014 Milton Keynes
Long-tailed tit - March 2014 Milton Keynes

Little Egret, Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes March 2014
Little Egret, Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes March 2014

Hawthorn Shieldbug, Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes March 2014
Hawthorn Shieldbug, Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes March 2014

Snake Head Fritillary, Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes March 2014
Snake Head Fritillary, Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes March 2014

April Targets

pril I am hoping to see some more migrants, I'd love Sand and House Martin, swallows should be passing through and the warbler activity will pick up so I can't wait. The butterfly season will really step up a gear so hopefully there will be some nice pretty pics coming up. And Dragonflies may start appearing towards the end of the month.

I've decided against setting photographic goals as I very rarly achieve them but I will continue to set out on a daily basis with some goals in mind.

I do have a week away from the patch coming up so while I'm gone there will be a few reviews popping up and I hope to stun you with some wildlife from Kent (ok I hope to show you some).

Anyway March is behind us so on wards to April.


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