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by paul b
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Footpath: Blackburn Rd -bridge 79 L&L canal-Botany Bay
Replies: 5
Views: 841

Re: Footpath: Blackburn Rd -bridge 79 L&L canal-Botany Bay

Pair of grey wagtails; kestrel
by paul b
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Footpath: Blackburn Rd -bridge 79 L&L canal-Botany Bay
Replies: 5
Views: 841

Footpath: Blackburn Rd -bridge 79 L&L canal-Botany Bay

Four greenfinch, wren, singing chaffinch, pheasant, magpie,crow
On canal : 5 mallard (2 pairs +1); pair Canada Geese,six BH gulls

Canal side -much evidence of rabbits
by paul b
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toad patrol, Belmont -update
Replies: 12
Views: 1735

Re: Toad patrol, Belmont -update

Tuesday was return to relative quiet as it was dry -there are still toads in the marsh as they were busy croaking but they prefer damp conditions. We welcomed MarkF to our active group of patrollers. Eight toads and a single female smooth newt were moved. Totals -toads -133, frogs 7,newt 1 , killed ...
by paul b
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toad patrol, Belmont -update
Replies: 12
Views: 1735

Re: Toad patrol, Belmont -update

Much better night on Monday -totals of live 87 toads and 6 frogs with 14 toads unfortunately run over. The group was joined by Neville and all of us enjoyed being busy despite the steady rain
Running (or crawling more appropriately) total =125 toads, 7 frogs, 20 killed
by paul b
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toad patrol, Belmont -update
Replies: 12
Views: 1735

Re: Toad patrol, Belmont -update

A quiet night with the toads hunkered down because it was several degrees cooler and not as misty -we only moved 6 in an hour and a half -but I'm sure this half dozen appreciated the lift!
by paul b
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toad patrol, Belmont -update
Replies: 12
Views: 1735

Toad patrol, Belmont -update

We are now registered with Froglife.org and all official. After being alerted by Steve our resident expert observer that 38 toads had been killed on Friday night, our trusty patrol were out in the mist and pitch black at Ward's last night to move the migration. In just over two hours we escorted/lif...
by paul b
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell -Euxton, 05 April 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Small Tortoiseshell -Euxton, 05 April 2018

Another on path from Blackburn Rd over canal to Botany Bay
by paul b
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Red Tailed Bumblebee
Replies: 0
Views: 368

Red Tailed Bumblebee

Think it was a queen searching around for suitable holes -in fields behind Sea Cadets Hut, Little Knowley.

Almost a full set of the commonest ones now -just need common carder.
by paul b
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Willow Tit
Replies: 1
Views: 387

Re: Willow Tit

One in our garden this morning -a first for us even though they are resident in the area -makes a bleak outlook so much rosier!
by paul b
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Buff tailed Bumblebee
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Buff tailed Bumblebee

Queen BTB out from hibernation
by paul b
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toad spawn
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Toad spawn

Mark Thanks for that. Correct as to how spawn looks -it can be tricky to see toad spawn as they trail it around submerged plants whereas frog spawn is floating on the surface. Are toads at risk from traffic at the site you mention? Don't want to "overreach" but we might be able to at least put warni...
by paul b
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toads on Roads
Replies: 12
Views: 2512

Re: Toads on Roads

Excellent Liz -many thanks.
There are about six of us now.

Please PM with details of mobile so I can text when we are all off to Belmont, hopefully on a successful mission (or more).
by paul b
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toad spawn
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Toad spawn

Can anyone who sees some please post on here -should be anytime now -it might give us a chance to intercept the Belmont toads! Many thanks
by paul b
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Queen Tree Bumblebee
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Re: Queen Tree Bumblebee

Another two flying, so Tree bumblebees really established here now-for those who don't know they're the collared dove of the bee world, only added to the breeding list in 2001 and then spreading rapidly north -they often use bird boxes as nests.

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