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- Happy New Year!
- the duck Scaup was on the pools off Southington Lane.
A cock Chaffinch in a Station Hill garden was the first "for ages".
Right: Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula & Scaup Aythya marila (Photo: Jay Hutchins)
The two ducks – the 'Scaup-faced' Tufty causing confusion amongst some observers
- Rooks were already well advanced in their nest occupation at sites either end of the Parish.
- Daisies were amongst flowers noted already in bloom.
- White Dead-nettles were another over-wintering bloomer noted.
- Brown Trout continued to show well off the bridge at Bridge Street.
- a Little Egret was at Flashetts whilst the adjacent filtration pools held three Shoveler, 38 Gadwall and 46 Tufted Duck.
- bird feeders continued to attract only small numbers of birds, the bountiful supply in the 'wild' presumably providing ample energy currently.
- a Red Kite was over the school early afternoon and the duck Scaup reappeared at Southington, along with a Tufted Duck suitor.
- Robins, Wrens, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds were amongst the birds to be heard regularly singing about the village.
- the movement of Lesser Black-backed Gulls north-east over the Parish, towards their roost sites, remained a daily occurrence.
- Lesser Periwinkle were in flower at the northern end of Bridge Street.
Right: Lesser Periwinkle Vinca minor
One of the commonest naturalised plants about the village
- the duck Scaup was again on the Southington Lane pools.
- Canada Geese remained flighty within the Parish, generally only alighting at the pool at Ashe House.
- there was no sign of the Southington Scaup.
- the feeding of the 'dodgy ducks' at Bridge Street continued to attract in a number of dramatically variable Brown Trout.
- water levels continued to rise, The Test in the east of the Parish actually being above the ground for a change!
- Snowdrops were to be found out at several sites, particularly, though it was mainly out of the Parish, in Laverstoke Park.
- walking The Test from Ashe to Overton produced little, ten Teal and just two Gadwall being of most note.
- both Coots and Moorhens were to be found amongst the far more confiding wildfowl at Bridge Street.
- Long-tailed Tits were present in a Station Road garden.
- Primroses were another early bloomer, the daffodils not being too far behind.
- an overnight snow fall, the heaviest perhaps for several years, left the village covered well into the 24th.
Right: St. Mary's Church (Photo: Jay Hutchins)
- violets were seen to be in flower in Station Hill.
- Dandelions created a splash of colour on several verges.
- a Meadow Pipit headed north over Winchester Street early afternoon whilst a Grey Wagtail was nearby, frequenting the waters about Town Mill and Riverside Close.
- both Mute Swans and Canada Geese remained obvious at the source of The Test. Nearby, a small flock of Redwings moved about Ashe crossroads.
- the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend – what did you see?
- Eels remained obvious in one of the filtration pools, Station Road.
- Hazel catkins were another, purportedly, sign of the hoped-for spring.
- a Little Egret was in Flashetts.
Contributors: Malcolm Dixon, Mike Duffy, Jay Hutchins, Peter E. Hutchins, Veronique Kerguelen, Adrian Lewis, Margaret Rainford & Simon Yates.