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Nature Notes:  November 2008
Compiled by Pat and Charles

The recent snow and frost have killed most of the remaining flowers and stripped leaves off many trees, except the oaks. There was some good colour in the Jubilee Copse in the bright sunshine of the 31st of October. Some of you may have noticed the patches of bare ground and browned grass on the east side of the Jubilee Copse.  We guess that these are due to a local infestation of a root-feeding insect, probably leatherjackets (the grubs of ‘daddy-long-legs’) but so far we haven’t got round to digging up the turf to confirm this. The local Rooks have been having a feast there. The ground is riddled with holes where they have been probing.

The local Red Kites were out hunting in the sunshine.  We have been asked to clarify the differences between Red Kites and Buzzards.  They are similar in size but the Kite shows more orange-brown colour and the end of the Kite’s tail is forked like an inverted ‘V’ while the Buzzard’s tail is rounded in flight.  The Kite is an agile flyer.  It may soar high in the sky but is more often seen gliding at roof-top height constantly adjusting its wings and tail to take advantage of the air currents.  Buzzards are much slower flyers, soaring high and sometimes hanging almost motionless on the wind.  Their preferred hunting tactic is to sit still on a post or tree branch and watch for prey rather than actively searching at low level.  Both species are quite vocal uttering high-pitched mewing cries.

 

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Jubilee Copse

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Buzzard Silhouette

Red Kite Silhouette

Rooks’ Feeding Ground

October 2008

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