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Tag: Water Rail

Wildwatch: March 2017

Highlights The flowers that bloom in the spring (tra-la!).. the year’s first butterflies appear, and the Harlequinade begins.. mewing in the air and creeping in the garden! Weather Temperatures started to creep up during the month, starting with a cool 4C on the 1st and reaching 11C later on subsequent Wildwatch Wednesdays. There were some […]

Posted 13 April 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone butterfly, Bumblebees, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, common buzzard, fox, Fritilliary, goldcrest, kingfisher, ladybirds, Siskin, Snowdrop, sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Water Rail, white dead nettle

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

Spotlight on.. Water Rail

The Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) is a skulking, furtive member of the same bird family as Coot and Moorhen. The latter is quite often see on the becks at St Nicks, Coots almost never and the same for Water Rail until.. ..on the 3rd December 2014, a solitary member of the Wildwatch team was standing […]

Posted 28 January 2017 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Water Rail

Wildwatch: December 2016 Sightings

Highlights Over-wintering summer visitor? .. skulking rail still present.. blank on Shieldbugs..return of Water Vole.. Lemon Disco! Weather Not surprisingly, temperatures fell throughout the month. 12C was recorded on 7th December, falling to 2C on the 28th, the latter day being bright, sunny and “nithering”! Birds The long-staying Water Rail was seen on all four […]

Posted 14 January 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, fungi, gorse, Gorse Shieldbug, kingfisher, millipede, Water Rail

Wildwatch: October / November 2016 Sightings

Highlights A secretive bird… even more secretive mammals… Halloween beetles (and bats!)… a new gall for the reserve Commentary For various reasons, we were not able to complete a Wildwatch blog report for October, so this is a combined October / November report. We’ve been looking out for visiting winter birds, and had a few […]

Posted 12 December 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: deer, fox, millipede, Water Rail, woodlice

Wildwatch: March 2015 Sightings

Highlights First summer bird visitor returns.. insects slow to awake in cold month but first hoverflies of the year seen, then a butterfly.. trees in flower! Weather Temperatures stayed around 7C on all four Wildwatch Wednesdays, but managed to creep up to 10C later on the 25th. Most days were sunny, or had sunny intervals, and […]

Posted 9 April 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blackthorn, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Gorse Shieldbug, harvestman, kingfisher, Lungwort, millipede, Primrose, Violet, Water Rail, wren

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: 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