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Birdwatch, January 2019

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Steve Jones reports a slow start to the birdwatching year in Dol, following on from the disappointing numbers at the end of 2018.

Bush cricket - seeking identity

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Identity found! Our bush-cricket has turned out to be Ephippiger discoidalis, the Dalmatian Saddle Bush-cricket.

Birding at the end of 2018

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Steve jones' last report for 2018, rounding up a year whose final months ended with noticeably few new sightings.  

Birdwatch October 2018

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Yet again our birdwatcher Steve Jones reports lower numbers of species sighted than might be expected.

Birdwatch: rounding up the summer of 2018

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Steve Jones reports from Dol on the new bird sightings and interesting insects which have showed up during the long hot summer of 2018.

Bee-Eaters, one of Hvar's prime attractions

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Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) are brightly coloured, exquisite birds. On Hvar they appear every summer, and are highly prized by bird-loving visitors to the island.

Nature Watch, May 2018

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Steve Jones, ever on the watch for birds, has some exciting sightings in May. 

Birdwatch March-April 2018

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Steve reports from Dol on the unsettled spring weather, and the welcome bird arrivals on Hvar: March and April have continued to bring the species in and as at April 24th I have seen 77 species with possibly two or three unidentified.

Birdwatch, January - February 2018

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Well as I type this on March 1st looking out at my bird feeders amidst heavy snowfall, the birding calendar tells me Spring is on its way.

Birdwatch & Insects, Autumn-Winter 2017

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Steve Jones rounds off the year, puzzled by the absence of some birds he expected to see.

The Bee Hotel: Encouraging Wildlife in our Garden

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Having offered hospitality to a young swallow family earlier in the year, Marion and Zzdravko decided to extend their facilities to welcome bees. It turned out to be a very rewarding learning experience!

Birdwatch, August - September 2017

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Well summer is over, birding-wise, and during the last three months, hopefully, birds have bred successfully on the island. I have certainly seen evidence of this, particularly recently, with good numbers of House Sparrows all around. Also frequently during the summer months I have seen birds carrying food to nests.

Birdwatch, June - July 2017

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The summer months were intensely hot. By June 12th there was very little about. On a trip to the pond that morning I found that the biggest area was about to evaporate later that day– there was a tiny little pool with the remaining fish all gasping. Equally I saw a Cormorant, probably stocking up with an easy source of food.

Storks visit Jelsa!

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On September 17th 2017, two storks touched down in Jelsa.

Nesting swallows: good luck promised!

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Marion Podolski has the good fortune to have swallows nesting in her doorway in Vrboska on Hvar. Exciting and fascinating!

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