Categories
Members

First Cricket of the Year

Sue Morton writes:

Each year in early May I watch for the first speckled bush cricket nymphs of the year to appear in my garden. 

Categories
Members

Terrapins at Tar Lakes

Sue Morton writes:

We were surprised to see something rather unexpected on the old tern raft at Witney Lake a couple of weeks ago….

Categories
Members

Witney Birds

Lindsay Fisher writes:

I spotted a Little Egret at the Bathing Place the other day…..

Categories
Members

Dog’s Vomit Slime Mould

John C. writes:

The full report of the club’s visit to Whitehill Woods last Sunday will appear in due course, but I can’t resist reporting one thing that only a few of us who were lingering at the back saw.

Categories
Members

A Newt in the Greenhouse

David Roberts writes:

I found this smooth newt under a pot in my greenhouse. I think it’s a young immature one from last year.

Categories
Members

Signs of Spring

Sue Morton writes:

In the last week, I’ve heard my first chiffchaff and seen my first bee fly, sure signs that spring is here.

Categories
Members

Melanistic Pheasant

Thanks to everyone who identified the exotic bird at Rushy Common. The consensus is that she was a female melanistic common pheasant, in particular Lindsay Fisher writes:

Categories
Members

Exotic bird at Rushy Common

John C writes:

After spending another morning removing tree guards at Tar Lakes with the LWVP volunteers, I went to eat my lunch in the Rushy Common hide, as I usually do. Except for about a hundred wigeon and a solitary female goldeneye, the overwintering ducks had all left. I didn’t think that there would be anything interesting until I looked underneath the feeders.

Categories
Members

Avocets on the Exe

John C writes:

Having missed, for obvious reasons, a birding trip in the winter of 20 – 21 we went down to Exmouth for the weekend of 19 – 21 February, almost exactly two years since our last visit. We hoped that we wouldn’t be too late for the winter migrants, particularly the avocets on the Exe estuary.

Categories
Members

Rushy Common Marsh Harrier

Johb C. writes:

Last Thursday, after another morning removing tree guards at Tar Lakes, I spent some of the afternoon in the Rushy Common hide to see whether the Marsh Harrier I had seen two weeks previously was still around.