Showing posts from June, 2017

'Minimal Wildlife' - quiz

ClueA Woodland Bird AnswerJay (Garrulus glandarius) Images
When doing my blog post on camouflage I was messing about with a couple of moth designs in photoshop. I found that I could simplify the design a lot and it would still suggest the moth.

So I thought what's the minimum amount of information, that's needed to suggest a certain species? I've tried to use just geometric shapes. I've also tried to get as far away as possible from any kind of representation of the species and still have it be in some way recognisable.

I also quite like these as wildlife art - I'm going to hang them on my wall!

What do you think these are? They could be birds, mammals, insects, flowers or fungi

ClueA common butterfly AnswerSmall Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) Images

ClueA tree climbing mammal AnswerRed Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) Images

ClueA common small bird AnswerGoldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) Images

ClueA non-stinging insect AnswerHoverfly, 'The footballer' - Helophilus Imag…

Warbler Survey

I monitor the warbler populations on my patch, which comprises 152 hectares in Roby Mill, South Lancashire.  Much of the patch (rough grassland 16%, open scrub 27%, closed scrub 16%) is derelict farmland in various stages of succession – good habitat for several warbler species.

This year I’ve made a concerted effort to verify the accuracy of my warbler counts. These are my preliminary results – 'preliminary' as the season is still very much in full swing.
Method. This year I’ve been more systematic about things. Rather than merely counting them, I’ve been mapping singing males. I’ve been doing this to hopefully increase the accuracy of the results and, in particular, to rule out the possibility that I’ve been over-counting.

My  monitoring technique is as follows: record, on a map of the patch (using a tablet app with GPS), the locations where I’ve heard song – at locations which are far enough apart for it to be reasonably assumed that they represent discrete territories – or…