The Year Is Moving On

Sunday, January 29th 2017

Stacey has reached about half way through her time down at Signy and her chicks are growing up.  This is a Chinstrap penguin, which is getting quite big.  She says they are comical and cute and I must agree with her.  She has named the photograph Chinnie and I think it suits him (or her) well.

Chinstrap Penguin

I received this information from Stacey.  'The photo below is of the Adelie Penguins.  If you look at them closely you'll see many of them have lost lots of the fluffy grey down, and the white and blue/grey feathers are showing underneath. They should start fledging this week. I can't believe its got to fledging time already!  I must get over to Gourlay to count my chicks. At this time of year I have to go over every couple of days to count the Adelie chicks in a certain few colonies- once they start to decrease in number I know they've started fledging.' 

The Adelie Penguins

Down south the days are shortening and the chicks are fledging.  Here our days are lengthening and although the reserve is still in its winter colours of grey, brown and black there are signs that spring is approaching.  No flowers yet other than Gorse and Daisy, but the leaves of two Cuckoo Pint were spotted yesterday.  Not in their usual place.

Cuckoo Pint leaves

A flower that grows abundantly through Foxglove is Greater Stitchwort and its leaves are showing through the leaf litter.  

Greater Stitchwort leaves

Some moths are on the wing for several months while others only appear for a short time.  This Pale Brindled Beauty had taken up residence by the door on the front veranda.  Its flight season is from January through to March.  The larval food plants include Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Apple, Downy and Silver Birch, Alder, Hazel and Ash.

Pale Brindled Beauty


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:







Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many hours in one day? (2 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Planted woodland revival

Posted 22nd February 2018

Once again we were back on the corner where the Wetland and Risedale Beck paths meet. Of late we have been thinning this area which…

Read More

Moths at Last!

Posted 21st February 2018

Bird ringing requires dedicated weather forecasting, moth trapping requires the same.  If it is too cold, too wet and or too windy then we do…

Read More

The cutting of net rides 9 and 10

Posted 20th February 2018

You can't beat starting your day with a walk around the Lake on a beautiful morning like today's. After stopping by the Lake and putting…

Read More

Water Everywhere!

Posted 19th February 2018

On Friday morning, while some went to Warcop and Wathgill to put up the owl boxes, 21 adults and children came to Foxglove to take…

Read More
 
 
 

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |