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:
18.Mother of Pearl
21.Elephant Hawk Moth
26.Death’s Head Hawk Moth
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.
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.
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.
In the distance, a Heron was sighted flying in from the adjacent training area and settling on the wet meadow.
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)!
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