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Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: March 2017

March saw not only the arrival of spring but the beginning of our regular Wildwatch sessions at Derwenthorpe. Although the sessions will be led by myself for the most part, I would like to say a huge thank you to our Nature Reserve Manager, Jonathan Dent, who has done all the hard work to get […]

Posted 20 April 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, Butterbur, green alkanet, Seven-spot Ladybird, Wildwatch

Wildwatch: February 2017

Highlights Winter birds still with us, but signs of Spring.. First hoverfly of the year enjoys the snowdrops, while beetle is one-in-a-thousand Weather Cool (4 – 9C) but with some sunny intervals. The Wildwatch team stayed dry! Birds Winter visitors are, not surprisingly, still with us! Two Redwings flew over on the 8th and there […]

Posted 23 March 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, catkins, coltsfoot, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, Otter, redwing, Rove Beetle, Water Rail

Wildwatch: February 2016 Sightings

Highlights St Nicks bird records broken – twice! 24 months of Shieldbug records. Spring flowers start to emerge. Weather Mainly sunny and calm on Wildwatch Wednesdays, apart from the 17th, with temperatures between 2C and 8C Birds Who says that February is a boring month? This month, the St Nicks Wildwatch bird species record was […]

Posted 9 March 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: brown rat, Bullfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, lesser celandine, robin, snowdrops

Wildwatch: July 2015 Sightings

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, and a bad hair day for a scarce bird by Tang Hall Beck.. Warmer July weather brings out more butterflies and dragonflies, plus two more new hoverflies for the reserve.. “Butterfly bush” now in full bloom, and there’s Bindweed everywhere! Weather July started off hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching […]

Posted 5 August 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Bullfinch, Corn Marigold, Gatekeeper butterfly, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, juvenile birds, kingfisher, Knapweed, Large Skipper, Ringlet butterfly, Shieldbugs, six-spot burnet, Soapwort, Song Thrush, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: February 2014 Sightings

  Weather: in a wet and relatively mild month, Wednesday mornings were mainly cold and dry, though very muddy. Water in the becks was high early in the month, but kept below flood level. Observers: numbers have remained high, sometimes running to three groups. Birds: the previous month’s high bird counts continued, with a maximum […]

Posted 3 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bullfinch, caddis larva, catkins, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, long-tailed tit, millipede, peacock butterfly

February 2014: Spotlight on… Bullfinch

                  Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula So good that the ornithologists named it twice! Bullfinch is possibly the most iconic St Nicks bird. Seen throughout the year, this colourful finch is easily identified by call, in flight and perched. Their call is a quiet, but distinctive single note: listen […]

Posted 14 February 2014 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch

Wildwatch: 10 April 2013 – At Last.. Signs Of Spring!

Weather: Cloudy at first, then sunny. Little wind. 5C to 11C Observers: Eithne, Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Linda Last week, our blog headline was “Has Spring Been Cancelled?”. What a change this week! It felt pleasantly warm, especially when the sun was shining. And there were signs of Spring everywhere. This resulted in several “firsts” for […]

Posted 11 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Brimstone, Bullfinch, butterflies, Coal Tit, Lesser Celendine, robin, small tortoiseshell, sparrowhawk, Speckled Wood.Chiffchaff, wren

Wildwatch: 6th March 2013 – Mist and Mysteries

Weather:  damp, misty, increasingly chilly Observers:  Kaj, Doug, Kaye Another dramatic change from the previous week.  It was poor weather for plant-spotting and photography, but the birds didn’t seem to mind. Kaj and Kaye started with a tour of Osbaldwick Beck then followed the traditional path along the western edge and over the Bund.  After […]

Posted 7 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, Catkin, coltsfoot, greenfinch

Wildwatch: 6 February 2013 – Is Spring “just around the corner”?

Weather: Early snow shower cleared to lead to sunny intervals. Cold, Northerly breeze. 2 to  3C. Observers: Ian, Kaye, Kaj Ian went for his usual pre-Wildwatch stroll round Osbaldwick Beck, but was soon driven back to the Environment Centre by a short, heavy snow shower. Then he and Kaye set off early, and covered the North-Eastern […]

Posted 6 February 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: aspen, Bullfinch, catkins, hazel, kingfisher, robin, willow

Wildwatch: 30 January 2013 – Water Vole steals the show!

Weather: Sunny intervals, short blustery showers, fresh to strong N wind, 8C (felt colder in wind) Observers: Doug, Ian, Janetta, Jim, Kaye, Kaj, Steve, Tim A good turn-out of eight people today, with Doug and Jim coming along for the first time. The recently-melted snow had swollen the two becks, with Tang Hall Beck being particularly full. […]

Posted 31 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, robin, Siskin, sparrowhawk, water vole