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P6240108

Observed: 24th June 2011 By: mamoof
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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P6240108
Description:

I call this tree; "the birds' block of flats." We always have a blackbird's nest about half way up the tree, we usually have either blue tits or great tits in the bird-box, some years we have had greenfinches near the top of the tree but this year chaffinches are up there and, much to my delight, we have a pair of woodpigeons halfway up as well - I am very pleased about this as we are plagued by magpies who have had the blacbirds' complete brood more than once in the past few years. These pigeons are very protective of their nest and drive the magpies away regularly.
Not in the actual tree, but in various places in the scrubby patch below it, robins, wrens and dunnocks usually nest.
In the Autumn, grey squirrels and jays are very frequent visitors for the invariably huge crop of acorns.
Tiny caterpillars sometimes nearly denude the tree of its leaves in Spring, but it seems able to produce more leaves which are left alone. (Blue-tits appreciate the tiny caterpillars too!)
'Oak apples' are fairly regular, and I am trying to identify the various insects and bugs that live on and around this oak.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Oak (Quercus robur) interacts

Comments

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Identification agreement

Many thanks to Roger Gilbert

Mamoof

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Identification agreement

Many thanks to Roger Gilbert

Mamoof