Bittern in Co. Tyrone

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<ul><li><p>Bittern in Co. TyroneAuthor(s): W. H. WorkmanSource: The Irish Naturalist, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Mar., 1917), p. 53Published by: Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd.Stable URL: .Accessed: 15/06/2014 11:39</p><p>Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms &amp; Conditions of Use, available at .</p><p> .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact</p><p> .</p><p>Irish Naturalists' Journal Ltd. is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to The IrishNaturalist.</p><p> </p><p>This content downloaded from on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:39:30 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p></p></li><li><p>I9I7 Notes. S3 </p><p>NOTES. </p><p>ZOOLOGY. </p><p>Frogs Spawning in Severe Weather. </p><p>I must supplement the note I wrote last winter (vol. xxv, p. 52) on " </p><p>Frogs spawning in January," by mentioning that during the present winter I saw no frog-spawn until February 14th. On that day, examining three separate spawning pools?two of them half a mile apart?I found </p><p>masses of the jelly-like substance in them all. The date is ten days later </p><p>than the latest recorded in my previous note ; but as the country on Feb.. </p><p>14th was still under a mantle of snow which had lain for a full calendar </p><p>month the difference is not greater than might have been expected. The </p><p>present winter has been the severest experienced here for 36 years, and </p><p>the snowfall of January 26th {which fell on ground already twelve days under snow) was the heaviest since that of January 17th, 1881. With </p><p>the exception of one week?December 28th to January 3rd, inclusive </p><p>(during which week I may add that Pipistrelles were flying numerously </p><p>every night)?we have had uninterrupted cold weather since December </p><p>roth, and it was only in the immediate neighbourhood of springs, even </p><p>in the second week of February, that the Frogs could spawn, the pools elsewhere being still under ice. It shows how inveterate is their habit </p><p>of early spawning that they began when they did. </p><p>C. B. Moffat. </p><p>Bittern in Co. Tyrone. </p><p>My friend, A?r. W. C. Wright, of Belfast, published in British Birds </p><p>for January last that a Bittern (Botaurns stellavis) shot near Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, on December 2nd, 1916, proved to be a female, with the </p><p>feathers of the head and neck in a state of moult. The ovaries </p><p>were in a diseased state and the stomach contained a perch nine inches </p><p>long. I think the above of great interest to Irish ornithologists, </p><p>W. H. Workman. </p><p>Belfast </p><p>Jays in County Dublin. </p><p>Within the last few months a considerable number of Jays, about </p><p>30 birds, have appeared in the southern part of the county about Brittas, and are still located there. I am not aware that these birds have ever been </p><p>observed in the locality before, </p><p>G. C. May, </p><p>Dublin, </p><p>This content downloaded from on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:39:30 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p></p><p>Article Contentsp. 53</p><p>Issue Table of ContentsThe Irish Naturalist, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Mar., 1917), pp. 37-56Some Irish Ichneumonidae [pp. 37-40]Measurements and Weights of Birds' Eggs [pp. 41-47]ObituaryWilliam Gray [p. 47-47]</p><p>Irish Societies [pp. 48-52]NotesFrogs Spawning in Severe Weather [p. 53-53]Bittern in Co. Tyrone [p. 53-53]Jays in County Dublin [p. 53-53]Summer Migrants at Balbriggan in 1916 [p. 54-54]Waxwing in Co. Down [p. 54-54]Trichia affinis [p. 54-54]Aquatic Fungi [p. 55-55]Some Leitrim Fungi [pp. 55-56]Elymus arenarius on the North Bull [p. 56-56]</p></li></ul>