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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: 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

Wildwatch: October 2015 Sightings

Highlights Winter & summer birds overlap; striking autumn colours; shieldbugs still bugging, but butterflies have flown Weather Temperatures were generally in the low teens. The 14th was the only Wednesday with any sunshine, whilst on the 28th, heavy rain curtailed the Wildwatch activity after about an hour. Otherwise, conditions were dry, if a little soggy […]

Posted 8 November 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, redwing, Siskin, sparrowhawk, teasel, Tit feeding flocks

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

October 2013: Spotlight on… Winter Thrushes

Winter Thrushes During October, the UK will see the start of a mass invasion from overseas, as hundreds of thousands of birds move in from Scandinavia and other parts of Continental Europe to escape from the harsher winters. These include common garden birds, such as Robin and Chaffinch, but our focus this month is on […]

Posted 15 October 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: berries, blackbird, fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, redwing, Song Thrush, winter thrushes

Wildwatch: 20 February 2013 – Winter lingers but Spring is arriving!

Weather: Cloudy, light, cool SW breeze, 2 – 5 C Observers: Carrie, Hannah, Ian, John, Katie, Kaj, Kaye, Steve The arrival of John and Katie, two new members of Wildwatch, swelled our numbers to eight observers. We decided, therefore to split into two groups. Carrie, Ian, John and Katie went anti-clockwise round the reserve, with the […]

Posted 21 February 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: catkins, Grey Wagtail, hazel, redwing, sparrowhawk

Wildwatch: 13 February 2013 – Thrushes and Tomfoolery!

Weather: Cloudy, cold (0 C), slight NW wind, snow starting at the end of the walk Observers:  Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Steve Well, we just about beat the snow, which started when we’d nearly finished our morning walk, and continued for the rest of the afternoon. It certainly felt very cold, with a nip in the […]

Posted 14 February 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, early blossom, plastic heron, redwing

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

Wildwatch: 7 March 2012 – Tang Hall Beck Revealed!

Weather: Overcast at first, then sunny intervals. Cool breeze at times. Observers: Barbara, Ian, Kaye, Kaj Spring is unstoppable! Despite a wet weekend and overcast skies, there are more flowers and blossoms emerging on the reserve. Both becks had subsided after the rain and, although flowing well, there was little water over the small flood […]

Posted 7 March 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: goldcrest, kingfisher, magpie, redwing, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk