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One or two Water Shrews in the Frog Lane ditch.
Tree-creeper nestlings fledged yesterday.
Great spotted woodpeckers fledged yesterday
Two Rhinoceros beetles found in rotten tree stump by 7-year-old boys from Phil & Jim School. Never before recorded on the TG, and only once before in Oxford City! Only 10-20 reports p.a. in the whole of the UK.
Six fluffy Goldcrest fledglings huddled together on a branch high above Frog Lane
Lamb's Lettuce in the flowery meadow next to the new seed plantings - have watched this grow taller during the past 2 weeks, first found very small patch, close to the ground and hardly visible.
Tree Creepers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers busy feeding their young in willow-tree nests. Ragged Robin and Red Campion in flower.
Very sorry to report that Ethel and Ernest, having laid 2 eggs in their carefully constructed nest in the second week of April, were spooked by someone or something (fox? mink?) and abandoned the nest, probably on the 18th or 19th. Ethel then laid 3 eggs on paths around the site, and I inserted 2 of them into the nest on the 20th, but E & E never returned to it, and by the 21st all 4 eggs had been taken from it. E and E have been seen sporadically on our stretch of the canal since then, but are unlikely to mate again this year, so late in the season.
Did not see Ethel (swan) on the nest, a female mallard was sat on it instead. Also saw broken swan egg shell (large, roughly 10 cm and off-white) to west of nest on the footpath. Alice saw two swans swimming north on the canal, any news on the pair?
Cuckoo calling on the Trap Grounds this afternoon.
Butterflies enjoying the sunshine: Speckled Wood and Orange-Tip. Six Slow Worms basking in the warmth.
Reed Warbler singing from the reedbed.
Hen Mallard with nine ducklings in pond off boardwalk. Also Ethel seen sitting on her nest whilst Ernest foraging.
A pair of Jays nest building
Orange tip and speckled wood butterflies flying about and orange tips landing on dandelions, in the meadow.
A Heron on the boardwalk, and fishing in the Mill Stream pond
Cowslips, Dog's Mercury, and Ransoms (wild garlic) all in flower.
A young Muntjac deer with its mother (several days ago). Bank Voles skittering around in the undergrowth.
Our resident pair of swans mated on 26 March. Blackcaps are back and singing in the woodland.
Orgies of mating frogs and toads (at least 30 individuals at any one time) in the shallow waters of Swan Pond.
About 6 toads all swimming about together and getting close up in pairs, at the side of the SwanPond, probably a group mating.
A pair of frogs mating along Frog Lane
Possible scarlet elf cup, towards the back near the railway line.
One of our Muntjac Deer, in the woodland beyond the first 'glade', which skittered off into deeper woodland by the railway showing its distinctive white tail held vertical. Saw this about 12.30 pm.
A male Shoveler duck on Swan Pond - the first-ever recorded sighting on the Trap Grounds.
A lone swan, hopefully not Stella the swan from last time, again chased away by our swan pair Ethel & Ernie, this time down the canal with much noisy and powerful flight and fluffing up of wings as they swam. Spectacular display ... hope she is safe now, whoever she was ...
A lone swan on the canal again chased away by our local Ethel and Ernest with spectacular flying and fluffed up feathers- hoping this is not Stella the lone swan from a few weeks ago!