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Tag: Grey Wagtail

Wildwatch: December 2015 Sightings

Highlights Late summer, early spring for plants.. several scarce St Nicks birds seen.. edible or deadly poisonous – we didn’t dare test.. Weather Generally mild (10 – 13C) and cloudy, with some sunshine on some days. But on 26th and 27th, the floods came, due to the problems with the Foss Flood Barrier. Large areas of the […]

Posted 6 January 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: 7-spot Ladybird, Bramble, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, Grey Wagtail, Hogweed, Red Clover, Siskin, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Yarrow

Wildwatch: November 2015 Sightings

Highlights A 2nd bird record for St Nicks – and the 1st to be photographed, and a long-lingering summer visitor.. two new plant finds.. handsome Fungus Beetles delight! Weather A mainly cloudy month on Wildwatch Wednesdays, but also dry, apart from a few showers on the 18th. But there were sunny intervals on the 18th […]

Posted 7 December 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: black nightshade, fungi, Grey Wagtail, Handsome Fungus Beetle, Kestrel, redwing, Spiked Shieldbug, Springtail, Strawberry

October 2015: Spotlight on … Grey Wagtails

The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is an occasional visitor to St Nicks, seen more often in the Autumn and Winter months (but see below). This attractive grey and yellow bird is nearly always found near running water, so all the St Nicks sightings have been along the Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks. Typically it is […]

Posted 28 October 2015 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Grey Wagtail

Wildwatch: February 2015 Sightings

Highlights Snowdrops everywhere.. Water skulker and Tree “mouse” return.. a February shieldbug first, and a semaphoring fly! Weather Snow showers greeted us on the 4th, with a chilly 1C. But during the month, temperatures slowly rose and we had bright days on the 18th and 25th. Birds Last month’s statement that the December Water Rail […]

Posted 9 March 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Alder, aspen, brown rat, coltsfoot, Ensign Fly, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, hazel, lesser celandine, millipede, Pygmy Woodlouse, Rabbit, redwing, Seven-spot Ladybird, Smooth Newt, Snowdrop, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, Tree Creeper, Water Rail, water vole

Wildwatch: November 2014 Sightings

Highlights: Prolific fungi, fox & cubs (!), scarce visitor to the Environment Centre plus a new pair of birds, and lots of little creatures skulking under logs and stones. Weather: Temperatures ranged from a minimum of 7C to a max of 11C. Mainly cloudy on Wildwatch Wednesdays, but a sunny day on the 5th and rain […]

Posted 4 December 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Centipede, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Jelly-ear Fungus, kingfisher, Mallard, millipede, Netted Slug, Noon Fly, Siskin, 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: March 2014 sightings

Weather: A warmer patch mid-month was sandwiched between a cooler start and end to the month. Fortunately, we managed to stay dry on all four of the Wildwatch walks! A fairly dry month, so the water level in both becks started to drop, exposing muddy banks. Observers: Once again, numbers on the walks were in […]

Posted 31 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Box Elder, Brimstone butterfly, Chiffchaff, common frog, cowslip, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, Lungwort, peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell, Song Thrush, Willow Catkins, wren

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

Wildwatch: November 2013 Sightings

  Weather In contrast to last month, the Wildwatch group was blessed with dry Wednesdays! November’s first Wildwatch meeting had overcast skies, but for the other three Wednesdays we enjoyed sunshine or, at least sunny intervals. Temperatures ranged from 3C to 11C. Observers There were fewer of us during November, compared with last month – between five […]

Posted 5 December 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Candlesnuff, fox, Froghopper, fungi, gorse, Green Dock Beetle, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Hogweed, House Sparrow, Jelly Ear, kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Oak Marble Gall, Pheasant, Purple Jelly Drops, Reed Mace, Shieldbugs, Siskin, Tree Damsel Bug, Turkey Tail, Woodcock

Wildwatch: 27th March 2013 – Unstoppable!

Weather: Snowing and cold.  Still at first but with a biting wind picking up later. Observers: Janetta, Kaj, Linda, Steve, Kaye Yes, the heading does include your intrepid Wildwatch team. We followed every inch of the winter thrush survey route in defiance of the sometimes quite thick snow. But mainly it’s about nature, which appears […]

Posted 28 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Grey Wagtail