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- 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!
- 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.
- a 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.
- 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?
- 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.