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- a female Blackcap was joined briefly by a male in Copse Road, the former acting aggressively towards all other birds.
- 4 Roe deer and 2 Brown hares were in fields off Court Drove.
- the male Blackcap was back in Copse Road gardens where several bumble-bees were on winter-flowering honeysuckles.
- 77 Lesser black-backed gulls were seen loafing in a field immediately north of the village mid-morning, the largest gathering noted locally for some time.
- it was the turn of the female Blackcap to appear in Copse Road again whereas in Station Road a male Chaffinch fed from below the bird-table.
- a male Blackcap was again in Copse Road whilst 4 Long-tailed tits were seen visiting gardens in Station Road.
- a Wood pigeon was singing in Woodlands at 03:30!
- 30 Gadwall were seen flighting over the village late afternoon, presumably having been disturbed from either the Station Road filtration pools or Laverstoke Park Lake. A Grey heron was also seen in flight, this time over London Road. The Copse Road female Blackcap returned to feed. Stinking hellebore was in flower in Bridge street.
- 2 Brown hares were in fields leading to The Harrow Way. A female Blackcap was amongst the commoner birds noted in Copse Road.
- a Kestrel was seen over fields east of Turrill's Hill. A female Blackcap was again amongst commoner birds noted in Copse Road.
- the feral duck Scaup had returned, for another winter visit, to the pools off Southington Lane.
- a pair of Long-tailed tits was seen in Copse Road.
- a Kingfisher put in an appearance at Flashetts. The pair of Long-tailed tits was still to be seen about Copse Road.
- a Painted lady was feeding on Primroses and Violets in Copse Road; one of many reported in the south as an early over-shooting 'migrant' from even further south.
- a Kestrel was over the field east of "the dog field", at the southern end of the village.
- the Copse Road Blackcap tally today consisted of the returning female.
- Bumble-bees were seen to be feeding from Hellebores. A belated report came in of a Little egret at Flashetts the previous week.
Right: Little egret Egretta garzetta, an increasingly common visitor and certainly an attractive addition to the local avifauna.
- 2 Kestrels were over the fields between Station Road and Straight Lane. The wintering female Blackcap appeared again in Copse Road. 3 Blackbirds were in a Station Road garden. A Dotted border was found on a house in Riverside Close.
Right: Dotted border Agriopis marginaria, one of a relatively small number of moths to be found flying this early in the year.
- a Grey heron was on the Test bank by the golf course. Nearby a Grey squirrel was seen tightrope walking telegraph wires by Church Road.
- a Roe deer was in a field off Straight Lane.
Thanks are due to the following for their input to this report: Brian Elkins, Margaret Elkins, Lindy Hatchard, Margaret Rainford.