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April 2008 Sightings

I have seen various records by members of first sightings of birds, butterfiles etc. I will check them shortly and bring them all together on this posting. I hope that people will add their own records for April , by adding comments to this posting. If you have an early record then let us know! I am creating one for May, too, so please do the same with that posting. Birds Butterflies Mammals

Report on the Clitters, Moorland walk

We have Gill Nichols to thank for this account of the walk on Sunday 13th April.

Please send your photographs to Brian to include with this report at 320 pixel size.

Winter bird visitors

The RSPB has today published the results of the annual bird survey. It seems that the headlines belong to goldfinches, siskins, redpolls and bramblings - all members of the finch family.

 Interestingly, our local results don't really bear this out. However, during mid-Febraury our own garden was host to about 8 goldfincehs, 5 siskins and 4 bramblings - none of which were around at the time of the survey.

 

We did go down to the woods

See a nice report of our trip to Landlake woods by Gill Nichols.

Please send us your images from the day to Brian add to this report. 

Early wildlife happenings

29th Feb 2008. At Glenkeller there are early signs of nature awakening after the winter.

  • I have tadpoles now in my small pond
  • I heard the Blackcap singing today in my garden - the earliest I have ever heard it sing

In Laneast, too, Dave Groves found adult cockchafers (The May Bug) in his garden in a mole hill. They should only be in the pupae stage at this time.

Goldfinch and Siskin - winter garden visitors

Not all of you will be aware of the attraction of Niger seed to Goldfinches and Sisikins. Both these birds can be attractive visitors to gardens in the winter. I have had a small Niger-holding container for several weeks in my garden and over the last two days, I am at last seeing both species.

Very Succesful Roadford Event

Our first event of the year, focussing on winter migrants at Roadford was a great success. Malcolm managed to arrange the perfect weather and we all seemed to be in the mood to enjoy the birdwatching, walk and lunch.

For a report by Hilary and a few photos Click here

Please send any images you have to Malcolm and we can add them to the report..

A who done it (fish loss in pond)

Seen anything Special?

We would like to see you using this facility to tell us when you have seen something in the wildlife field that that you feel is special for the area of North Cornwall and Tavistock - maybe late Butterfiles, active Bat colonies, Plants flowering out of season, early Frog or Toad spawn, Muntjac Deer .....

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Winter arrivals

Will it be a cold winter? If the arrival of Redwings and Fieldfares in my garden is an indication, then we are in for a snorter.

About 30+ Redwings and 5 Fieldfares passed through earlier this week, stopping to feed on the apples lying on the ground. When a family of 5 Song Thrushes joined them for a bathe in the pond, it was a thrush convention!

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