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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Friday 29th April 2011: … and their owners are still roaming the north marsh, totally ignoring the ‘Private’ signs. On the southern end of the marsh, the ‘Private’ signs have been pulled down and destroyed – by a disgruntled person, or persons, I suppose. I have seen a number of  pregnant muntjacs on the north marsh, and I know of at least one owner who actively encourages his large German Pointer to chase the… Read More

Wednesday April 27th 2011: I took an evening stroll around the North Pond. Millions of flies kept me company for most of the way, then another batch took over when the first lot started flagging. One little ducking swimming in the pond. No tadpoles that I could see – perhaps the pond water is too warm for them. The vegetation is growing at a phenomenal rate: way past my knees now. The… Read More

(Click on images to enlarge) Saturday April 23rd 2011: 07:00 finds me out on the pipes again. It’s sunny, warm and the sky is bright blue, as has been the norm of late. There was a different feel to the marsh today – not something I can easily explain: vibrancy seemed very much subdued. Even the pigeons were few and far between, the mallards were not at their usual places and there was… Read More

Friday 22nd April 2011 – 18:50:  It’s Good Friday! I have no real commitments today and I can please myself what I do. So, it’s 7:00 am, the sun is shining, the sky is clear, and I am walking alongside Hoo Brook on my way down to the Stour. Nothing much is moving apart from a few pigeons flying between trees, and the brook – whilst still low – is clearer than of… Read More

Sunday 17th April 2011 – 20:30: The North Pond is now teeming with tadpoles. It’s been around 4 weeks since the mating toads left the pond and I can’t say that I’ve noticed an increase in bird activity on the pond; perhaps tadpoles are not very tasty. I passed a 3 metre high oak cloaked in Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella), a day-active lepidopteran from the moth family Adelidae, the fairy longhorn moths, with wingspans ranging from 14 to 18 millimeter…. Read More

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