Volunteers at Work

Wednesday, March 14th 2018

The moth trap was empty, not a single moth, so it was on with the next task.  This involved filing the photos we use for display.

Filing the photos

We like to write the names of the species photographed on the back of the photo.  Some were easy, others required a little bit of confirmation.

Checking ID

Task completed, lunch was taken and then the sun came out so a walk was called.  The Frogs were still busy in some of the ponds but as soon as we approached most disappeared under water.

Common Frog

Primroses are coming out all along Risedale Beck.

Primrose

 Some fungi were collected and taken back to the Field Centre for identification.

Identifying fungi

Winter is still holding its grip on the reserve so colour, bugs, beasties and creepy crawlies are in very short supply, so anything different stands out. 

Checking

We examined the open hard outer case of Hawthorn berries.  Some were still surrounded by the juicy outer layer.  Deciding that they had not been eaten by mice or voles as we could find no teeth marks, Grey Squirrel seemed most likely.  However the books also said that Hawfinch could also crack these fruits in half from top to bottom.  After discussion we disappointedly decided it was Grey Squirrel.

Cases of Hawthorn berries

Thank you to everyone who helped today.


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