Winter Tit Feeding Flocks at St Nicks

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January 2016: Spotlight on.. Winter Tit Feeding Flocks

In the Spring and Summer, members of the Tit family – Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit and Coal Tit – pair up to breed at St Nicks. Some of them occupy the numerous nest boxes scattered around the reserve. But, in the Autumn and Winter months (October through to February) members of this bird […]

Posted 20 January 2016 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Chaffinch, Coal Tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, Tit feeding flocks Blue Tit, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: January 2015 Sightings

Highlights A secretive dweller in the Pond – and CCTV catches a “first” for St Nicks! Weather A dull and drizzly start to the first Wildwatch of the year, but it got colder and clearer later in the month. There was a scattering of snow on the 14th. Birds We searched unsuccessfully for the Water […]

Posted 3 February 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Caddis Fly larva, Centipede, Coal Tit, fox, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Hazel flowers, millipede, Song Thrush, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: December 2014 Sightings

Highlights: A skulking bird was a first for the reserve.. unexpected winter insect sightings, while a world of other creatures are found hiding under logs and stones.. and 15 species of flower still out! Weather: Temperatures ranged from 1C at the beginning and end of the month up to 12C on the 17th. All the Wildwatch […]

Posted 6 January 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Coal Tit, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, kingfisher, Water Rail, water vole

Wildwatch: October 2014 Sightings

Highlights: Late departures and early arrivals of birds.. A new botanist, new species for old, and the start of a moss survey.. Flies still flying in warm October, and at least three new insect records for St Nicks this month. Weather: Nationally, the 10th= warmest October since 1910! At St Nicks, the highest Wildwatch Wednesday temperatures […]

Posted 10 November 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Common Cross Spider, Earthball fungus, False Ladybird, galls, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, ichneumon wasp, scandinavian blackbird, Siskin, Swallow, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: July 2014 Sightings

Highlights A plant re-discovered after a 3 year absence.. a “protective” hoverfly, new for St Nicks.. a bird up a tree (you don’t often find this water bird up a tree!).. more sightings of a endangered mammal. Weather A generally dry, warm month, with temperatures reaching 23C by the middle of the month. Plants The weekly […]

Posted 4 August 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blue Sow Thistle, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Comb-footed Spider, Common Blue, Common Field Grasshopper, Gatekeeper, Hazelnut, Holly Blue, kingfisher, Lesser Diving Beetle, Mugwort Gall Fly, parent bug, Soapwort, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: 29 May 2013 – Flowers, breeding birds – and the 2nd largest in the world!

Weather: Cloudy, breezy Northerly, 11 to 13 C but felt colder Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaye Ian did his usual pre-Wildwatch perambulation, but drizzle then persuaded him not to carry his camera out on the Wildwatch patrol. Fortunately, Carrie and Kaye were able to take some interesting close-up photos of plants and other small things! We […]

Posted 30 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding, Coal Tit, current gall, long-tailed tit, Mistle Thrush, Whitethroat

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: 20 March 2013 – Gruesome breeding evidence..!

Weather: occasional light drizzle, grey and overcast, cool (2C to 4C) and light Easterly breeze. Observers: Carrie, Cavan, Eithne, Haley, Ian, Jim, Kaye A grey, raw day, but it didn’t deter the seven members of the Wildwatch Group who turned up! Some of the smaller paths were very muddy after the recent heavy rain, but […]

Posted 20 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding evidence, Coal Tit, Grey Squirrel, Song Thrush

Wildwatch: 23 January 2013 – Winter Thrushes, singing Robins and food shortages

Weather: Gloomy, overcast, no wind, cool (2C to 3C) and occasional short, light snow flurries Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaye, Mark, Steve, Tim Ian had his normal pre-Wildwatch yomp around Osbaldwick Beck and had some interesting sightings. Then, Ian & Steve had another trip round the beck, again, with some good sightings. They picked up Kaye, […]

Posted 23 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Black-headed Gull, Coal Tit, fieldfare, food shortages, Magpie nesting material, Mallard, redwing, Singing Robin, Song Thrush

Wildwatch: 16 January 2013 – Visitors from the North

Weather: Mainly clear and sunny. Cold (-5C to 0C). No wind. 1 to 2 cm of snow lying. Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaj, Kaye, Tim It was a beautiful, frosty morning when we set off. The paths were icy in parts, but there were no difficulties. Kaye and Ian had previously taken a walk round Osbaldwick […]

Posted 17 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Aspen catkin, Coal Tit, Hawthorn buds, redwing, scandinavian blackbird, Siskin