St Nicks

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Category: Wildwatch

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

Wildwatch: 16 November – “Aggressive, carnivorous predator” at St Nicks!

  Weather: Overcast, dull, no wind, cool. Observers: Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Kirsty, Linda, Janetta, Phil Yes, a typical November day! But, with a good number of observers today, we found a wide range of bird and flower species, as well as the “aggressive, carnivorous predator”, more of which later! The autumn colours are fading now, and many […]

Posted 16 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Devil's Coach Horse beetle, redwing, Wildwatch, Woodcock

Wildwatch: 12 November – Scandinavian visitors on Bird Walk

Well, no, not exactly Scandinavian visitors on today’s guided Bird Walk, but more seen on our Bird Walk! Read on.. Our guided Bird Walk today was led by local ornithologist, David Campbell, but due to the high turn-out (14 people), Ian was press-ganged as the deputy leader! We started off looking at the different birds coming to […]

Posted 12 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bird walk, Bullfinch, cormorant, scandinavian blackbirds, Wildwatch

Wildwatch: 9 November – A popular bird feeder

Weather: Overcast, dull, cool, light breeze. Observers: Kaj, Kallan, Ian Our run of beautiful weather on Wednesday mornings couldn’t last! Today, the autumn colours were rather muted by the dull light. But, with very little wind, our bird population was quite active, and there were still a few flowering plants around. The water level in […]

Posted 9 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch

Wildwatch: 2 November – Focus on fungi!

Weather: Mainly sunny late am. Slight breeze. Lovely light – again! Observers: Jonathan, Kaj, Kaye, Ian, with rangers and reserve volunteers, and Alan Braddock, our guest naturalist. For the third Wednesday in a row, we have been fortunate with the weather, with, later in the morning, blue skies and lovely autumn colours. How long will […]

Posted 2 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch

Wildwatch: 26 October – a new bird for St Nicks!

Weather: Mainly sunny, chilly breeze, beautiful light again Observers: Jonathan, Kaye, Rachel, Ian Another delightful morning, if a little cool. Autumn is definitely under way! And the autumn colours are getting stronger. Recent rain has raised water levels in the two becks, and Osbaldwick Beck is now flowing, instead of being a tangled mass of vegetation! […]

Posted 26 October 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: redwing, yellowhammer

Wildwatch: 19th October – Wagtail and pincushion!

Weather: Sunny, cool breeze, beautiful light! Observers: Kaye, Jonathan, Ian A complete contrast to last Wednesday’s wet Wildwatch, with sunshine, beautiful light and lovely autumn colours. Water levels in both becks were still quite high, but not as high as last week. Birds: We conducted a slightly more formal survey of Robin territories, mapping the locations […]

Posted 19 October 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Autumn colours, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, Robin's Pincushion

Wildwatch: 12th October – A late Chiffchaff

Weather: Light, continuous rain; no wind. Observers: Kaye, Ian Water levels in both Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks were very high due to the overnight (and morning!) rain. Annual plants along Osbaldwick Beck are dying back noticeably.  There are still some berries on early fruiting shrubs – elder, bramble, blackthorn.  And there’s abundant rose hips, haws,  […]

Posted 13 October 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, Wildwatch

Wildwatch: 5th October – First winter tit flock

Weather: Overcast; fresh, warm SW wind. Observers: Matt, Ian Birds: About 5 Robins were heard around the reserve, suggesting that we can soon start to carry out our plan to map Robin territories. We spent about 45 minutes at the “Kingfisher Culvert” on Tang Hall Beck, where Matt saw his first ever Kingfisher! It was the usual […]

Posted 5 October 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, kingfisher, Wildwatch

Wildwatch on 10th August

Weather:  cool, breezy, overcast with frequent showers. In about an hour’s walk along the top of the meadow, through the thicket  to the culvert, and along the top path back to the centre, we saw very few birds and absolutely nothing else animate except a grey squirrel. A juvenile bullfinch with an adult female was […]

Posted 11 August 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Wildwatch