Lionel walked around our tors yesterday and reported cuckoo calling to the east of Bearah Tor; common lizard nr Sharp Tor; a dozen golden plover, some in summer plumage, this was nr Kilmar & three wheatear at the east end of the tor.
Gill who has just joined LAPWG, sent trail camera photos of a hedge-hog visiting her garden nr North Hill.
Kate & Gill saw their first wheatear yesterday on their morning walk near the coast plus
what Gill thinks is an oak eggar moth caterpillar and she rescued some toad spawn from a puddle on a farm track. And I forgot to note that they heard a grasshopper warbler for the first time for years a few days ago.
No cute pictures but on Sunday I found the first dormouse dropping on leaves near the feeding station and then another today. The other sign was the rind from the pieces of red organic apple… the dormice eat very daintily but leave the rind.
From Gill N and Kate on their recent walks come photos (some on home page) of Orange-tip butterflies, lizards (one of eight see sun-bathing), first squill & Early Purple orchids and what I think maybe an Ashy Mining Bee. Will send photo onto Paddy Saunders together with some of my queries from the garden.
And a note from Dave G to say they saw 3 Yellowhammers a few days ago.
Walking around Laneast, Dave and Mary saw two Skylarks over the downs which is unusual plus basking adders in their usual place. Plenty of otter spraint down by the river and first Chiff-chaff, Stonechats; and two male Reed Buntings on their bird feeder. Apparently, a Red Kite has been seen along the valley.
Down at Saltash, Rosie & Simon have Blue-tits nesting, lots of ladybirds and their first hedgehog sign! Photo turned upside-down so you can read the measurement!
Irene’s footprint tunnel showed signs of fox, not hedge-hog…. I have another blackbird on nest, this time up in the bay tree next to the greenhouse.
Many of our members have reported seeing Bloody-nosed and Oil Beetles during March. Butterflies noted include the Brimstone, Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Buff-tailed, Early, Tree bumble bees; Hairy-footed Flower bees and small mining bees have been seen in our gardens. But with the current restrictions on non-essential travel who will see the first Swallow, House Martin, Swift and hear the first Cuckoo from their gardens and fields…?
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