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March 2009 

March 1st


First crocus.

March begins again in the clouds. 10 °

..28 February. Superb spring sun, the last day of February. Around noon a blue tit arrives. A few seconds later another joined the blue tit. She descends to the nest box and the other  flies off. The first comes in the nestbox without much hesitation. It is noon. The visit will be short: a few seconds.



Just a quick inspection. Of course, impossible to know if it's the same tit.


March 2

Sunshine and blue sky. 12 °

Visit from two today.
A blue tit arrives, waits for. A second joined the first.
The first,  probably the male, tail erect, wings lowered, leaps to the nest, goes to the entry, he returns to the second tit with the same pantomime, goes down to the nest box at the entrance. Clearly show the way, did you see what I found?. The other tit looks at from above. Come see! Well, its girlfriend for the moment does not seem much interested, she flies off followed immediately by the male. Go perseveres friend! The next might be the right one. They both come back several times.


Sittelle torchepot. Wood Nuthatch

..[Sitta europaea -
Passériformes- Sittidés]
Wood Nuthatch

As the woodpeckers  (the name "Sitté  " means woodpecker in Greek) this beautiful bird can hide his food in a crevasse. He hammers out it and he breaks it with noisy blows, (but it's not a woodpecker, it is of a different order)

We can see it normally in the process of browsing the trunks and branches in all directions often upside down, as I have presented here. It clings to the trunk with a curled finger. This one, photographed in early January at Vincennes, tries to break the hardened fat ball. Ideal time for the photo. It nests in a tree hole or a crevasse, or a nest box but begins the building with a mixture of mud and saliva to reduce the size, just of the size of the bird, to protect her brood of larger birds. It is not "Torchepot" for nothing! (In French "torchepot" means "wipes a pot".)
It is the size of a great tit (14cm).

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March 7

A visit to the nest box.

In the afternoon, a blue tit sings perched in the willow. And by chance I see a second blue out of the nest box! No pictures, I have not checked the camera and it was too dark to get a good photo.


March 8

This morning very dark and rainy, 10 °. A little light in the afternoon.
One (or "the" blue?) blue comes regularly every day. At least, we see it at least once in the day.


Long runway mandatory ...

For the Mute Swan.

And for the Great Cormorant..


Grand Cormoran. [Phalacrocorax carbo - Pélécaniformes phalacrocoracidés ] Great Cormorant

Spring wedding dress for cormorants displaying a tuft of white feathers on the thigh.

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March 10

Overcast, light rain in the morning, 5 °. A little warm in the afternoon. 10 °


Output of the first bumblebees.


It must say "I like hot sun", it is still numb and wet this morning.

It is probably a Large Earth Bumblebee  or Buff-tailed Bumblebee [Bombus terrestris]. The Large Earth Bumblebee are among the first to go out in March.

In french, it is called "white ass", is from the family of bees such as honeybees. (They are characterized by their white-ended abdomens.).


Females (queens) build a new nest, a hole in the floor that will house the new colony, each year. They alone have spent the winter and emerge in spring.Tthe queen is the only bumblebee to hibernate through the winter

The settlement will house male and female and workers. Only females can sting.

These bumblebees are used in greenhouses as pollinators.

Not being a specialist, I believe that it is a Bombus terrestris because bumblebee band thorax is rather orange, but others bumblebee are similar.


March 13

March 11: Visit and inspection at the door, just one blue tit.
March 12: Two new inspections for a while.
March 13: two blue tits arrive. The first  inspects the entrance a few moments. Then the other comes to his turn to hang on the entrance and finally she comes in for a few seconds. They leave together.



Visit of another blue...


A small shower and a spring-cleaning ...Oxychilus can slide, a land snail, family zonitidae ( "glass snails"), a snail wetlands. It has a dark blue body and a flattened shell, translucent, fine, bright, orange-brown, 1cm.

Helveticus likely because of his dark band on its shell. It emits a faint odor ... garlic (no, that must not give you ideas ...) like other members of his family


March 15



Spring Morning in songs ...


30 mars

Le printemps est arrivé mais peu de nouveauté côté mésanges, la caméra a détecté quatre fois un regard à la porte mais c'est tout.  Une bleue solitaire passe mais plus pour chanter en haut du bouleau.


Sorties d'hivernage.

Ce magnifique papillon est un Paon du jour, Inachis io (Vanesse io) (Peacock). Famille des nymphalidés. 5 cm

Il hiverne à l'état adulte et sort d'hivernage en mars. Ceux-ci viennent de sortir en forêt. Les couleurs sont moins vives qu'en fin d'été. C'est la génération de fin août qui hiverne. Posés sur le chemin, ils essayent de récupérer le maximum de chaleur.

C'est une "Vanesse" à la chenille noire et pleine d'épines.


Lui aussi sort d'hivernage, c'est Robert-le-Diable [Polygonia c-album  -Nymphalidés-]. Encore nommé  Gamma ou C-Blanc.

Il se chauffe lui aussi au soleil an compagnie des Paons du Jour.

Comme ce dernier il affectionne les orties.



Revers des ailes du papillon où on distingue son "C" blanc sur l'aile postérieure qui lui a valu son nom de C-album.

Photo de juin 2008, occupé à se réchauffer ceux de cette année n'ont pas voulu me montrer leur revers.


"Robert-le-Diable" se laisse approcher de très près et n'est pas impressionné par les gros plans.

Et permet d'admirer son antenne bien joliment décorée.

Son collègue d'hivernage le Paon du Jour, par contre, a une bonne vue et il est impossible de l'approcher. On a beau ruser, rien à faire, à quatre mètres, il fuit, pour se reposer quelques instants plus tard, presque au même endroit.

(Forêt Seine et Marne 17 mars 2008)


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