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Swifts

Postby Callum M » Sat May 14, 2016 11:27 am

Read the blog to find out about these incredible aerial birds, that spend nearly their entire life on the wing. They arrive in Britain in late spring, and leave for Africa in early autumn.
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Long Rock birding.

Postby Callum M » Sun May 22, 2016 5:37 pm

On Saturday I went to an area of my north Kent local patch called Long Rock. This marshland is home to many animals, particularly birds and butterflies. This area of shingle is nearly surrounded by water. Read the blog to find out which species I saw.
https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... k-birding/

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Swifts, swallows and house martins.

Postby Callum M » Wed May 25, 2016 5:56 pm

The swift, swallow and house martin are all very similar birds in size and flight. Last weekend, I saw all three species. They are all around the same size, and when flying high, they can look identical. However, when looked at in more detail, their tails make them look quite different from each other.

Read my blog to find out more about these fast and aerial birds, which winter in Africa.
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https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... e-martins/
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Red kites and rooks.

Postby Callum M » Mon May 30, 2016 6:50 pm

Red kites can be seen being chased by rooks, a species in the crow family, which this blog is about. This behaviour of these two birds is very interesting.

The red kite is an example of an amazing conservation success story. There used to be very few in Britain but thanks to conservation projects and reintroduction, they are very common in certain counties, and areas of Wales. This is a sign that conservation can work well.
Read the blog to find out more about the chase and the amazing conservation success story.

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https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... and-rooks/
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A kestrel at Long Rock.

Postby Callum M » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:20 pm

For my first activity of the Wildlife Trusts' 30 days wild, an event to encourage people to do something 'wild' and closer to nature every day in June, I went for a walk at Long Rock, a marshland next to the beach. Read the blog to find out what wildlife was there.
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House sparrows and starlings in the slope.

Postby Callum M » Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:43 pm

The blog for today is about mainly the house sparrow, a very opportunistic bird and the starling, as well as a few others on the slopes next to the sea. Read he blog to find out more about the wildlife.
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https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... the-slope/
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Little egrets at Long Rock.

Postby Callum M » Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:01 pm

This blog is about the little egret, a beautifully coloured heron. I also saw a water vole here, a mammal that has suffered a dramatic decline. Read the blog to find out more about these birds.

https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... long-rock/

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Sand Martins at Reculver.

Postby Callum M » Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:07 pm

The impressive sandstone cliffs seemed incredibly high. I spent a while at Reculver, an isolated area on the north Kent Coast. What's amazing is the way that animals use the cliff as a habitat. Above me was a colony of hundreds of tiny sand martins, migrants from Africa, using the cliffs to nest.
Read the blog to find out about my photography technique for these birds and about their migration.

https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... d-martins/
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Kestrel vs woodpigeon.

Postby Callum M » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:57 pm

This blog is about a clash between a kestrel and a woodpigeon. The two birds clashed in an exciting duel, followed by a shower of feathers and a shriek from a kestrel. I observed this bird behaviour whilst on the hunt for kestrels, which are possibly occupying a nest box there. Read the blog to find out more about the dramatic clash between these two birds.

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https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... oodpigeon/
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Butterlflies and moths at Swalecliffe.

Postby Callum M » Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:13 pm

This blog is about the moths and butterflies, as well as the birds, that I saw a few days ago at Long Rock in Swalecliffe, a local grassland. There's also an update of the jellyfish that I have seen in the past week.
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https://callumswildlifediaries.wordpres ... alecliffe/
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