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

October 2014: Spotlight on… Long-tailed Tits

After the Robin, the Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) is probably Britain’s favourite bird! Charismatically cute (!) this small bird is a frequent visitor to gardens – and to St Nicks! We possibly have between 3 – 5 breeding pairs on the reserve. Nest building starts in March, usually fairly low down in thick shrubs or brambles. […]

Posted 14 October 2014 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Bum-barrel, long-tailed tit

Wildwatch: August 2014 Sightings

Highlights Pineapples, Lettuces and a lone Artichoke.. Butterflies disappoint, bugs abound, heaps of hoverflies, shieldbugs shine.. and what’s that “mouse” creeping up a tree? Weather A somewhat cooler August, but temperatures still reaching 20C. The Wildwatch Wednesdays enjoyed sunny intervals on all four days. Invertebrates Butterflies were very disappointing in number. Our August 7th blog […]

Posted 2 September 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Angle Shades moth, Artichoke Gall, Batman hoverfly, blackcap, Chiffchaff, common darter, Earth Star fungus, Gatekeeper butterfly, Goldfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Hedge Bindweed, Hemp Agrimony, juvenile, long-tailed tit, Mother of Pearl moth, Prickly Lettuce, Treecreeper, Yarrow

Wildwatch: June 2014 Sightings

Highlights A Southern Hawker Dragonfly on the Butterfly Path, well away from water.. one of the most poisonous moths in Britain photographed.. another two sightings of an increasingly rare (for St Nicks) warbler.. loads more butterflies.. lots of juvenile birds.. and an increasingly rich flower meadow! Weather A very wet start to the month on the […]

Posted 6 July 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: 22-spot ladybird, Cinnabar Moth, Creeping Thistle, Large Skipper, long-tailed tit, longhorn beetle, mirid bug, Southern Hawker, Tufted Vetch, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: May 2014 Sightings

Highlights Evidence of Water Voles breeding.. Sightings of Garden Warbler and Whitethroat.. Nine species of butterflies seen in the month.. First damselflies of the year seen. Weather Dry for the first three Wildwatch Wednesdays, with some sunshine, and temperatures rising to 23C on the 14th. The final Wednesday was very wet, which depressed sightings of birds and […]

Posted 7 June 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Brimstone butterfly, cardinal beetle, common newt, Large Red Damselfly, long-tailed tit, parent bug, Picture-winged Fly, Pocket Plum, red admiral, Ribwort Plantain, Salad Burnet, water vole, Whitethroat

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: 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: 13 March 2013 – More “firsts” and mysterious footprints!

Weather: Sunny intervals, but mainly overcast later on. Light, cool breeze. 0C – 5C Observers: Cavan, Doug, Eithne, Ian, Janetta, John, Kaye, Kaj, Linda, Steve A record turn-out (10 people) required us to split into two groups. Eithne, Janetta, John and Linda went round with Kaye, whilst the rest went round with Ian. And the […]

Posted 15 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding, first Dandelion of 2013, Great spotted woodpecker, long-tailed tit

Wildwatch: 7 November 2012 – “Siskin Season” not “Silly Season”!

Weather: Cloudy, fresh cool breeze Obesrvers: Diana, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Linda, Tom – and “Chairman Meow” (aka “Ginger the Cat”)! OK, not as silly a session as we reported on last week – except that, thanks to some local people, we found out that Ginger the cat, is actually called “Chairman Meow” – if we […]

Posted 8 November 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Autumn colours, Grey Wagtail, long-tailed tit, Siskin, tit feeding flock

Wildwatch: 28 March 2012 – Spring! But more like a Summer’s day

Weather: Sunny with clear skies. Cool early morning but warm later Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay There were sights and sounds of Spring everywhere, but the warmth, sunshine and light made it seem more like a summer’s morning! With the recent dry weather, the water levels in both becks had fallen since last week, but […]

Posted 28 March 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, kingfisher, long-tailed tit, nesting material, wren