- Round number two of the nest box survey is over.  The Blue and Great Tits are growing up.  Most of them now have long feathers although some younger ones in pins have been observed.

Great Tit (Parus major) chicks

Important information has been collected during this second round of nest box surveys: Redstarts are nesting!  A female has been spotted flying out of a box with eggs in it. We will have to wait a bit longer to get to see the chicks…

- In the Insect world, two new seasonal species for this year have been observed on the reserve. The Wall Brown and the Azure Damselfly.

Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)

 

The Azure Damselfly is a common species in the reserve along with the Common Blue Damselfly. They both are blue and can be distinguished from each other thanks to the pattern on the abdomen. The Azure Damselfly has a black “U” whereas the Common Blue Damselfly has a dot.

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)

 

- In the plant world, elegant flowers started to bloom this week. The Yellow Flags are showing flashes of yellow. You could see it along the newly raised path and on other places on the Red trail (also called the Wetland trail).

A smaller yet exquisite flower has been seen on the reserve: an Eyebright sp. This genus is particularly difficult to identify and thus will not give here the species. Does anybody have an idea?

Eyebright sp. (Euphrasia sp.)

 

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