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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Bits and pieces on 13th April

Lamesley Water Meadows - 1 Wigeon and 2 Gadwall
Birtley reedbeds - Single Swallow and Sand Martin,
Hagghill Woods - 3 Roe Deer visited one observers' garden today (buck and 2 does).

One of the Roe Deer [Steven Fryer]

River Tyne at Ryton - 17 Goosander
Westfield Pasture - The second butterfly species of the year - a Speckled Wood. 3 Woodcock, 3 singing Chiffchaff plus Scarlet Elf Cap fungi and flowering Woodruff and Moschatel.
West Kyo - 4 Wheatear, pair of Grey Partridge and 2 Chiffchaff
Shibdon Pond - Common Toad and Lesser Celandine in flower

Lesser Celandine, Common Toad and a Millipede, probably Tachypodoiulus niger  
Clara Vale - A pair of  Mallard have hatched 15 ducklings today. Hopefully not just hors d'oeuvres for the local cats. at least two pairs of tree sparrows in the Reserve. Two chiffchaffs singing yesterday. No sign of them today.

A Long-eared Owl has been seen twice in suitable breeding territory in the last few days in the west of the borough.

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