The scheduled walk at Frensham Great Pond in March was unfortunately rained off, but in April the weather was beautiful and Thursley lived up to its reputation for diversity. The spring migration was well under way and chiffchaffs, willow warblers, tree pipits and redstarts were everywhere. We noticed several large galls on Birch trees; these are Crown Galls and are caused by a fungus, Agrobacterium tumefaciens, which enters the tree through a wound in the roots or trunk and stimulates the plant tissues to grow in a disorganised way, thus producing the galls.
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Only four of us dared to brave the awful elements last Wednesday evening. It was dark, cold and windy. We went over to Milford Common where I found that I had forgotten my hearing aids so could hear nothing! But others heard a bird singing that might have been a Nightingale.
We had one of the best days ever on Thursley when we saw or heard almost all of the typical heathland birds. Rain had been forecast but once again our luck with the weather held and we had only a few drops.