15 November 2015

2 Red Necked Grebes on CWP 68A and 2 Chiffchaff.     Nigel Pleass

WeBS records from Cleveland Lakes:   80 mute swan, 115 tufted duck, 92 lesser black-backed gull, 59 black-headed gull, 6 herring gull, 94 mallard, 10 cormorant, 53 great crested grebe, 2 little grebe, 42 gadwall, 354 teal, 372 coot, 937 wigeon, 4 moorhen, 4 pochard, 1 snipe, 16 lapwing, 73 shoveler 19 little egret (13 in field behind reed hide), 26 greylag goose, 73 Canada goose.    Nick Adams

Black Redstart (Jon Mercer)

Black Redstart (Jon Mercer)

Blakehill:    Black Redstart and 2 Stonechat on the perimeter road.   Unfortunately a  male Stonechat was found hanging upside down from a barbed-wire fence having tangled with a strand of sheep wool on the top of the barbed wire.   It had a badly broken leg and was taken to the Oak & Furrow Animal Hospital which is now on site.    The Black Redstart seemed to be mainly plain grey with a red tail but has a hint of white on the upper wing so is probably a first-winter male.      John Grearson.   Steve Birt.  Jon Mercer.

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Wiltshire Mammal Group is hosting the following talk: 

“Paternal behaviour in mammals”

The Mammal Group is privileged to host Professor Robert Elwood, Queens University Belfast presenting a talk on the 27th November 7.30pm at Potterne Wick Scout Hut, just south of Devizes, SN10 5QT.

The talk will look at the paternal behaviour of mammals; Professor Elwood said: Some mammal species show paternal care in the form of guarding the young and in provisioning with food and keeping the young warm. However, males of those same species may kill young of their species but they rarely kill their own offspring. They avoid harming their own young by changing their behaviour at the time their own young might be born rather than a specific recognition of relatedness. The talk describes how this extraordinary shift in responses was discovered and the mechanisms that control the onset of paternal behaviour and how paternal responsiveness is maintained. The prevalence of infanticide among mammalian species, the benefits to the male and tactics by the mother and young to avoid the young being harmed are also considered”.

£3 entry on the door including tea and coffee.

Please email wiltshiremammalgroup@hotmail.co.uk if you intend to come so that we have an idea of numbers. Of course, you are still welcome to come if you forget to email first!   Gareth Harris

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