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TIDE TABLE FOR THE NORTH WALES…

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WEEK BY WEEK.

SAYINGS OF THE WEEK.

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-c: JOTTINGS FROlf NATURE. NOVEMBER 7TH. It is no uncommon sight in winter to see the great crested grebe in our local waters. Usually making its first appearance on our coast with rough or inclement weather, the bird has been observed as early as Septem- ber, and keen ornithologists are generally able to count the individuals they see during the last three months in almost any year upon the fingers of at least one hand. On the ist one came to within a few feet of the beach in Llandudno Bay early on the morning of the 3rd another individual was seen off the Great Orme, and to-day I watched two in the Bay. While it is preen- ing its feathers it is often possible to obtain a good view of the bird, but if its attention is devote4 to the pursuing of fish, we must content ourselves with the brief opportunities that are afforded us for watching it during the moments that follow each occasion it as. cends to the water's surface, and it not un- commonly happens that no sooner are our glasses upon it than it vanishes below. The chestnut tippets that are characteristic of its spring plumage are absent in autumn and winter, and the ear-tufts, too, are then con- siderably reduced, but, for all that, it is an elegant bird when sailing on the water, for it bears an erect, if not graceful carriage when on land, however, it has an awkward waddle. There are no recorded instances of the nesting of the great crested grebe in Carnarvonshire or Denbighshire, but, though a pair or two bred until recent years in Anglesea, it not only nests regularly on the meres of the border counties and in Cheshire, but its numbers, too, are appar- ently increasing.

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