Late May Roundup

Posted on May 25, 2014

France

First, news from le Sud! Harriet and Claire (more from them soon, hopefully) have recently confirmed the first few clutches of Roller eggs in Roussillon. They also have a few more unidentified clutches, belonging either to Little Owl or Roller, which will be confirmed in due course when they find out who’s incubating. These first clutches will hatch in mid June, giving the girls chance to do some chick-stage stuff (PIT tags – yay!) before they have to return to Norwich for dissertation fun.

Insects

This week I will start my systematic insect surveys, and will be counting these sorts of things in the different habitats (along with recording vegetation measurements):

Dor Beetle (Geotrupes vernalis I think)

Dor Beetle (Geotrupes vernalis I think)

1st Instar?!

1st Instar?!

May Chafer

May Chafer

Dune Tiger Beetle

Dune Tiger Beetle

Eggs!

Yesterday I did the first nestbox check down at the southern Latvian site and found a Roller on 3 egg! This is a bit earlier than I expected (but about on par with last year, which was a slightly early year). This week I’ll aim to check all the other boxes. It’s kicking off!

Wildlife

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Finally, some additions to my animal list. Moose (actual living ones, not just droppings), Wild Boar (traces of), White Stork, Teal, Common Crane, Corn Crake*, Sparrowhawk, Swift, Tawny PipitWhinchat, Red-backed ShrikeWood Warbler*, Common & Lesser Whitethroat, Icterine Warbler*, Reed WarblerTreecreeper, Golden Oriole, Common Rosefinch* & Yellowhammer.