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Winners, Whittlers and Wildlife

Thursday, April 4th 2013

Congratulations go to Viv Winter and P. Illingworth who both got 100% in the Grand Easter Cryptic Word Quiz! These two names will be put into a hat to decide the winner of the £10 prize. The winner will be announced tomorrow on the blog. Here are the correct answers:

1.Brimstone
2.Tortoiseshell
3.Painted Lady
4.Red Admiral
5.Gatekeeper
6.The Miller
7.Mother Shipton
8.Spectacle
9.Hebrew Character
10.Broom Moth
11.Sallow Kitten
12.Large Skipper
13.Grayling
14.Ringlet
15.Speckled Wood
16.Cinnabar
17.Fritillary
18.Mother of Pearl
19.Large White
20.Comma
21.Elephant Hawk Moth
22.Oak Beauty
23.Scotch Argus
24.Orange Tip
25.Garden Tiger
26.Death’s Head Hawk Moth
27.Speckled Yellow
28.Ghost Moth
29.Emperor Moth
30.Peacock
31.Camberwell Beauty
32.Common Blue
33.Large Blue
34.Purple Hairstreak
35.Small Copper
36.Swallowtail
37.Silver-washed Fritillary
38.Gypsy Moth
39.Green Carpet
40.Clouded Yellow

Many thanks to Pat and Glennis for putting the questions together and generating more valuable funds for the reserve. Congratulations also go to Jean Gabriel who is the winner of this quarter's 100 club draw.

The Thursday Bodgers were busy in the cabin carving wooden spoons from Chestnut and Ash.
 

Whittlers

Birds are starting to pair up ready for the breeding season and across the reserve there are now several pairs of Greylag Geese. This couple was seen from the wetland hide.

Greylag goose

This individual seemed to be guarding a nest. Some ground nesting birds are beginning to lay eggs even in the cold conditions and dogs must be kept on leads at all times to prevent disturbance to these and the female Roe Deer which will be having their young in May.

Swimming Greylags

In the distance, a Heron was sighted flying in from the adjacent training area and settling on the wet meadow.

Keeping Watch

There aren't many flowers on the observation board yet for this month. Larch flowers, Hazel catkins, Daisy, Gorse and Primrose are the only names so far. Coltsfoot is trying to make it onto the list but isn't quite there yet (according to the Foxglove Flower Fairies who carry out the monthly survey)!

Coltsfoot


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