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Old 31 Mar 2012, 07:17 AM   #350070 / #1
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Default Earliest wildlife sightings

Let's see if this will run. I rather wish I'd started it earlier in the year, and I further wish I'd made notes of when I saw my first snowdrop etc.

The idea, though, is to post earliest sightings of....pretty much any wildlife, along with an approximate location.

Flowers in bloom, migratory birds, whether summer or winter visitors, fungi, animals or reptiles that hibernate, fledglings of various species....

So to start with the earliest ones I am certain of the date, on Mar 24th in Pembrokeshire I saw for the first time this year the following butterflies-

Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, and Peacock.

ETA I'm not suggesting that this thread should replace the long running Wildlife Sightings thread. And pics optional. This is just for recording first sightings of the year of things that might generally be unremarkable, but which are seasonal. If it runs then it might be interesting to look back on it year by year.

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Yesterday (31-3) saw first wild garlic flower (open, not bud)

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Old 01 Apr 2012, 07:08 AM   #350411 / #3
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This one has been blossoming here for at least two weeks.
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Couple of new flowers in bloom today - thrift (for sure) and kidney vetch (pretty confident)

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Sadly nothing is blooming here and I am envious of all you who have greenery or colorful flowers.

The grass here is a muddy yellowy gray color the trees are naked of any types of buds or blossoms and the only flowers I've seen are in stores next to the Easter displays. March was one of the warmest months in 76 years here breaking all sorts of records with the temperatures. But it's done nothing for the flora in my neck of the woods.
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Sadly nothing is blooming here ...
Just like Goethe's Easter Walk from Faust I.

Well, his time was just towards the end of the Little Ice Age.
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Today wood sorrel, fritillary and early purple orchid.

Yesterday another orchid, which doesn't appear to be early purple, as no blotches on leaves, but haven't identified it.

Must get round to getting pic of it on photobucket and posting it.

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Lots of honesty in flower today.

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Today I noticed that the trees around our place are finally growing green buds so Spring is finally here. I also saw a red faded cardinal hen for the first time this year. We use to have a breeding pair that came here to get seeds all winter but this year they didn't show.
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I would say that for me the first signs of spring were not sightings but sounds.

The birds shift from winter vocalizations to spring vocalizations. Things get louder and they start to practice their springtime songs.
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Saw our first swan of the year just last week.
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I would say that for me the first signs of spring were not sightings but sounds.

The birds shift from winter vocalizations to spring vocalizations. Things get louder and they start to practice their springtime songs.

Interesting you mention sounds crazyfingers, we too usually notice a very loud robin that nests in our tree and sings to us each morning. She/he will sometimes wake at 3 am and start singing due to bright security lights being activated near the tree it is in.

We haven't heard any robins this year.
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Old 15 Apr 2012, 01:10 AM   #354884 / #13
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We haven't heard any robins this year.
Odd. We have more robins than we ever had before. They are everywhere. I think that's because we had no snow and it was a warm winter and so they probably had an easy time. Many robins are year-round birds here.

On the other hand, the chipmunks should be out by now and I haven't seen one yet. Last fall there were pretty much no acorns produced by the oak trees and I think that the chipmunks must have had a hard time storing up a supply of food for winter.

The gray squirrels seem to be OK though. With no snow, they seem to have managed the lack of acorns.
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We haven't heard any robins this year.
Odd. We have more robins than we ever had before. They are everywhere. I think that's because we had no snow and it was a warm winter and so they probably had an easy time. Many robins are year-round birds here.

On the other hand, the chipmunks should be out by now and I haven't seen one yet. Last fall there were pretty much no acorns produced by the oak trees and I think that the chipmunks must have had a hard time storing up a supply of food for winter.

The gray squirrels seem to be OK though. With no snow, they seem to have managed the lack of acorns.

We were missing a lot of our winter birds this year, the cardinals were MIA as well as the Junco's. Last year we had so many junco's it was great to see them instead of the millions of sparrows we see all day, another bird missing is the chickadee.

We have gray squirrels and big black ones, no red ones. It's interesting to see that grays and blacks hate each other and there are some spectacular fights in the back yard over food.


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We have gray squirrels and big black ones, no red ones. It's interesting to see that grays and blacks hate each other and there are some spectacular fights in the back yard over food.
I believe that gray and black squirrels are actually the same species - gray squirrel. Perhaps they don't know or don't like it.
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Well I just saw Stumpy. Stumpy is the chipmunk that my cats kept bringing in the house last year and who now has only half a tail because of it.
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Old 16 Apr 2012, 12:43 PM   #355289 / #17
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First Mallard ducklings - 3 broods all a day or so old.

First Martins - Sand Martins in profusion, a few House.

First sight of swan eggs, looking down on nest.

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Heard and saw a skylark rising yesterday.
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Old 18 Apr 2012, 04:38 PM   #355906 / #19
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Forgot to say - on Monday also saw a pristine Orange Tip butterfly.

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Old 21 Apr 2012, 12:58 PM   #357158 / #20
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Lots of warblers. First heard about 2 weeks ago. Last year we didnt start to hear them till beginning or middle of may.
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We saw and heard our first robin red breast he was hanging about the neighborhood this weekend being noisy and showing off his massive size and spectacular red breast.

Now I need to get a picture of him.
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The robins do seem very well fed (large) this spring in addition to being more numerous than usual. I still expect it's because of the easy, snowless winter.

And someone else mentioned to me the low population of chipmunks observed so far. I still think that because of the lack of acorns last fall they went into hibernation with little food stored up.
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The robins do seem very well fed (large) this spring in addition to being more numerous than usual. I still expect it's because of the easy, snowless winter.

And someone else mentioned to me the low population of chipmunks observed so far. I still think that because of the lack of acorns last fall they went into hibernation with little food stored up.

We have NO chipmunks here at all.

I have only seen them in the rural/suburban areas outside the city, what we do have is an overabundant amount of squirrels this spring. I'm sure its for the same reason you mentioned crazyfingers, the light winter weather and a good supply of food made excellent conditions for mom squirrels to have a bunch of babies and feed them well.
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There is something ODD happening in my backyard lately I am swarmed by butterfly's they are everywhere. This is the type I mainly see, I see a lot of butterfly mating dances happening here. I've never seen this before so I'm amazed at the whole process and show.





Apparently this butterfly is called the Red Admiral Butterfly.




I have no idea what these 2 faded butterflies are.






The neighbors garage has quite the variety of butterflies hanging out there.





Close up...


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We've had a few cats visiting us because we leave out cat kibble for the raccoons. I was worried that there would be fights between the cats and raccoons but have been very surprised to see the raccoons are frightened of the cats and back away and hide under the deck while the cats eat.


Once the cats have eaten and leave the raccoons come and eat.





I'm sure the raccoons are happy that cats don't eat marshmallows which is the first thing they go for. Who knew raccoons had such a sweet tooth?





'' Why you pointin that flashy thing in my face nice lady who gives us marshmallows? ''


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