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February 2007

up to two Tawny Owls were heard in Woodlands early morning.
belated news was of a Barn Owl just to the north of the filtration pools on 14th January.
a Sparrowhawk paid a visit to a Kerchers Field garden, along with its prey!
The river Test at Ashe Goldfinches were particularly prominent in the trees of The Green. Hebes and violets were noted in bloom.
16 Canada Geese, 11 Gadwall and a pair of Mute Swans were on the pool at Ashe House.
Right: The Test, Ashe - Note the swollen state of the river as it passes out of the grounds of Ashe House
a Little Owl was in the grounds of Court Farm House and 45+ Meadow Pipits joined the regular Pied Wagtails on the school field late in the day. The early morning was particularly cold, -6.6°C being recorded on the western outskirts of Basingstoke!
another notable fall of snow took place during the night and early morning. A Little Egret was in trees by the filtration pools early afternoon. 14+ Lapwing were in fields at the top of White Hill.
more snow appeared mid-morning.
Coal Tit was noted in a Station Road garden.
People enjoying a winter walka Buzzard was showing well, on the ground, by Ashe crossroads.
a Nuthatch noted in a Lordsfield Garden garden was the first there in 25 years!
a bumble-bee was noted in a Station Road garden, where House Sparrows continued to perform.
leading a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust walk from Ashe to Flashetts, and back, saw two Little Egrets, two Buzzards, singing Skylark, fly-over Linnet and Siskin, spawning Frogs, three Roe Deer and thousands of Snowdrops as some of the more memorable highlights.
Right: Out enjoying the Parish!
a pair of Long-tailed Tits were trying, unsuccessfully, to enter the bedroom of some Southington members most mornings.
both Mute Swan and Canada Geese remained at Ashe House pool, being readily seen from the B3400 on passing.
Birds on the pond as seen thorugh the 'scope'the Court Farm House / St. Mary's Church Little Owls failed to show for a visiting birder.
Right: Through the 'scope'! - Just a few of the birds currently using the increased water at Ashe House. What can you see?
Birds on the pond as seen thorugh the 'scope'an Indian Meal Moth became the first moth of the year identified in the Parish.
Right: Indian Meal Moth Plodia interpunctella (Photo: Mike Wall)
Lesser Black-backed Gulls continued to make their way north-east over the village late in the day.
Lungwort was now blooming in the 'wild', in Bridge Street, whilst Coltsfoot was showing by Lordsfield Gardens. The plume moth, Emmelina monodactyla, appeared on a bathroom window early morning.
small numbers of geese remained at The Source of The Test. A very uninspiring day, with rain again helping flood local roads and fields.
the strong winds saw corvids 'enjoying' the extra buoyancy over the village, though perhaps note the heavy rain, hail and thunder that accompanied this at times. A Long-tailed Tit visited a Lordsfield Gardens garden.

Contributors: Ed. Beckman, Jane Beckman, David Cluett, Mike Duffy, Jay Hutchins, Peter E. Hutchins, Margaret Rainford, Dr. Sue Johnson, Veronique Kerguelen and Brian Rickwood.

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