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Thursday, June 7th 2012

The bird ringers are continuing to check the nest boxes at Foxglove and ring chicks.  This young Blue Tit was ringed and as it had few feathers and only a little fluff its ears could be seen quite clearly.

Blue Tit Chick

The gape appears to be very large and out of proportion to the rest of the chick but it is important as it encourages the parents to feed the young.  Several days older, this Great Tit chick still has a bright yellow gape but is almost fully feathered and won't be long before it leaves the nest.

Great Tit Chick

It is not only the birds with young, but some of the plants are also in the process of producing seeds that will germinate next year. Sycamore trees are in flower and some are beginning to show the wings that will help to disperse the seed away from the parent plant, in the autumn.

Beginnings of a Sycamore Seed.

In the spring the tiny red flower of the Hazel was hunted and a few were found.  The beginnings of the Hazel nuts can now be seen covering the Hazel trees!  We must have been very unobservant to miss all these flowers!

A young Hazel Nut

The Bee Keepers brought some of their hives and put them onto the heath.  Today in the sun and warmth the bees were really busy collecting food for the young grubs that will soon turn into bees.

Bees at the bee hive


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