Thursday, September 27, 2012

A hot nest

Before the cleaning

A few days ago, clearing the  access to the swamp of Irabia of little landslides (marls), they appeared by chance a lot of small  and fragile shell eggs.

During the cleaning

I counted 20 eggs in total, between hatched (the majority) and those who followed integers.They had very soft shell.

.When broken one (it was inevitable, using shovel and hoe but carefully) certainly could see what they were.

 Definitely they were common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis) rockers, whose eggs were still warm in the loam, south side,  ease to heating.In the picture above we can see still the breeding with part of the yolk that served as food.

Once out of the shell, and letting the sun was getting some vitality.
Lizards are great insect eaters, and unfortunately fun for many school boys and girls in the yards of their schools or walls of  the villages .

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Commmon Buzzar (Buteo buteo)dead in a fence

In this photo we can see the remains of a Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) that apparently got caught in a fence-ups, made ​​for the purpose of separating the pasture area of the forest, in order to promote better forest regeneration and have controlled livestock (sheep, cattle and horses).

Remains of common buzard (Buteo buteo)

The coin next to the skull gives us an idea of ​​the scale.
This raptor is abundant in all northern valleys, and is often seen in flight or inn above telephone poles or trees like  in this photo,looking for  mices and other small prey.

Common buzard(Buteo buteo) in Irati

Silhouette in flight. To identify: white collar under the neck.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Autumn following

This is the first picture from which we will follow up the color of the wood, depending on the leaf that fall away.
Why lose their leaves?
Deciduous forests lose their leaves as protection against the cold. In Irati  we have beech, oak, chestnut, rowan, elm, willow, hawthorn, hazel, maple, spindles and dogwoods, among others. Each with a different color in autumn, and a different rate of leaf fall.
We can not know exactly when the forest is more beautiful, because it depends on the wheather; cold, rain, and wind.

In the picture we can see the landscape around the point of information. To the left of the watermark there is a small shrub that has already begun to take some yellow color.There is a hazel, which because of its broad leaves, loses too much water. As we have had a prolonged drought, the leaves are needed of water.In any case, this is one of the first species that loose the leaves in autumn.

Arrazola 29 agosto 2012