|Pintailed Duck - The Weir|
The Goosander is still at the Weir and has been joined by a Pintailed Duck.However, there is also a large number of Goosander of both sexes on Lower Tamar Lake.
I have been out an about seeing lots of birds whilst doing my regular surveys. Highlights are - Peregrines on the Aqueduct and at Upper Tamar Lake, and large flocks yesterday, 19th January of Lapwing and Golden Plover there.I walked the Canal last week and saw two separate sightings of Kingfishers at the locks east of Rodd’s Bridge and another near the Bird Hide.
Early in January I found an old nest in the hedge near Stanbury Cross which contained 2 old eggs, one broken but the other whole which appear to be Yellowhammer. I have photographed them, but can’t keep them as I would be breaking the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.There seem to be lots of Bullfinches about – has anyone else noticed?
The only invertebrates seen are 7-spot ladybirds - one on the Yellowhammer nest, and another today. I had to take down an Ash tree a couple of years ago which left me with half a metre diameter trunk sections which I could not easily chop up. I have them strategically placed in the garden to provide under log habitats. One has become the home of the invasive Australian flatworm Australoplana sanguinea. I had four of them under their log in my garden yesterday. The sighting of the month must go to a Brimstone Butterfly seen near Burdon Nature Reserve on the Bude Aqueduct in December.
|Winter Heliotrope - Morwenstow|
There are lots of Winter Heliotrope in flower smelling of vanilla and marzipan. Snowdrops are out and the occasional Primrose
[transcript of a report given to Cornwall Wildlife Trust Tamar Group on 20 January 2014]