While the Pochards have been a story characterised by their unexpected presence, for the Great-Crested Grebes it has instead been one of disappointing absence. But a few weeks back they reappeared, and since then something really interesting has happened. Advertisements
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology
Tagged autumn, breeding, brooding, clutch size, great crested grebes, grebes, late breeding, nesting, october, september
Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology, Invertebrates
Tagged barnacle goose, butterflies, canada goose, chick, coot, Great crested grebe, juvenile, moorhen, nesting, pochard, red admiral, york, yorkshire
A change of pace today. After a couple of widespread species I thought we’d look at a few more specialist species. Starting with a coastal specialist, the pretty little Kittiwake.
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Tagged Bird of the Week, birds, colony, gateshead, gulls, kittiwake, most common gull, nesting, newcastle, persecution, tyne
While the joys of Spring burst out over much of the campus, for at least one resident it is a pretty sad and lonely time. The widowed Black Swan…
It’s an interesting time in the garden at the moment. The winter visitors are hanging on, in fact at a peak recently, while the year-round residents are starting to move into Spring attitudes, including one very exciting development…
While the freezing over of the university lake largely drove off the Goosander, it has been compensated with the return of the Great-crested Grebes.