St Nicks

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Tag: Hoverfly

Wildwatch: April 2017

Highlights New bumblebee and hoverfly species for St Nicks brighten up a cold month.. bird breeding season underway.. possible new breeding species? .. herbaceous flowers peak mid-April Weather Generally a cool month, around 14 – 15C, but dipping down to a chilly 6 – 7C on the 26th. Some sunshine, breezy at times – but […]

Posted 21 May 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Blue Tit, Ensign Fly, Forest Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Hawthorn Shieldbug, Hoverfly

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: April 2015

Highlights: First sighting of this bird since 2013.. regular sightings of this endangered mammal.. babies rescued from the pond..Met Office says sunniest April since records began, but insect life slow to appear on cold and not-so-sunny Wednesdays at St Nicks. Weather: Variable conditions throughout the month, but with temperatures slowly rising from 7C on the […]

Posted 7 May 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: beefly, blackcap, Hoverfly, water vole

Spotlight on….Hoverflies

  If you have a garden or backyard with a few plants you will almost certainly see, between March and October, small yellow stripy flies hovering over your flowers. Most of these will be hoverflies, called ‘flower flies’ in the USA because of their attraction to wild and garden flowers. Their stripy appearance makes them […]

Posted 11 September 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: episyrphus balteatus, eristalis pertinax, helophilus pendulus, Hoverfly, myathropa florea, sericomyia silentis, sphaerophora scripta, syrpus ribesii, volucella pellucens

Wildwatch: 28 August 2013 – The fruitful season has started!

Weather: Cloudy, with occasional sunny intervals. Light breeze. 15 to 21 C Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Paul, Preeyus The run of dry weather continues, although the downpour a week ago has refreshed the flow of water in both becks. Although the weather remains warm, there are signs of the approaching Autumn, […]

Posted 31 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, common darter, dragonfly, Hoverfly, juvenile bullfinch

Wildwatch: 21st August 2013 – A Bug in the Hand…

Weather: short but heavy showers clearing to sun; breezy Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Cliff, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Mike, Paul, Tracy The reserve is looking increasingly autumnal, with far more seed heads than flowers, and fruits ripening on a range of trees. The birds are still skulking, but the insects (like this one) are amazing. Mowing was […]

Posted 24 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Hoverfly, Shield Bug

Wildwatch: 7 August 2013 – Things are buzzing (and fluttering)!

Weather: Mainly sunny, cloudier later, occasional light breeze, 13C to 21 C Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Ian, Kaye, Linda, Megan, Mike, Nicole, Paul, Preeyus Another good turn-out of Wildwatchers. Ian took newcomers, Megan, Mike & Nicole round, to be joined later by Declan and Preeyus, with an emphasis on birds and butterflies. Kaye led the […]

Posted 9 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Hoverfly, ichneumon wasp, teasel

Wildwatch: 24th July 2013 – Fun among the nettles

Weather: hot, humid, mainly sunny Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Maigen, Mike, Tracey In similar conditions to last week’s, except possibly even hotter and more airless, birds continued to be hard to find, one or two plants are experiencing a very short flowering season, but there were clouds of butterflies and small insects. […]

Posted 26 July 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: figwort, Hoverfly, lacewing, mirid bug, moth, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: 22 May 2013 – At last – Return of a Summer Visitor!

Weather: Cloudy at first, sunny intervals later. Light winds. 9 to 12C Observers: Carrie, Cliff, Ian, Kaye, Janetta It felt a little more Spring-like today, with more flowers emerging, and bird song strong and vibrant! We welcomed Cliff to our group today, and being knowledgeable about insects, especially hover flies, his input (and photos) were […]

Posted 24 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bluebell, Bracket Fungus, Chiffchaff, Germander Speedwell, Hoverfly, Speckled Wood, Whitethroat, wren

Wildwatch: 23 November – At last – a Siskin.. and a possible new flower!

Weather: Overcast, dry, slight breeze, cool. Observers: Kaye, Linda, Phil, Ian The paths on the reserve are now well covered with leaves, and the autumn colours are now fading fast, leaving a greyer, bare-branched landscape. But, far from being dull, St Nicks today was a fascinating place! Birds: A nice sight, as we left the […]

Posted 23 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: black nightshade, Hoverfly, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, Song Thrush