This is simply intended to be an irregular note of newsworthy happenings, as much for my own records as anything else although I hope, of course, that something might be of interest to others.
I'm launching with a few historic records and one or two more up to date. Records are from my home patch Winswell Water, Devon, UK unless otherwise stated.
10 October 2018
A surprising toadlet.
I put a bare foot into my slipper this morning, and thought it was a slug. Closer examination revealed this little fellow, about the size of my thumbnail (cf. https://richardmeyer.co.uk/index.php/writing/poetry/127-there-was-no-car).
August 2018: House sparrow orphan
It fell from the nest onto our verandah roof, and though we put it in an open box all afternoon, and the parents were about they were not feeding it. So we had no option but to take it in. After 'force-feeding' for one day, it got the idea and is now chirruping and asking for food: every hour from dawn to dusk.
It responds to recorded H. sparrow calls, so we'll try to keep it 'in touch' with its kin. Fingers crossed. I found the information in my book (1984, First Aid and Care of Wildlife, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, written under the name Richard Mark Martin) very useful!!