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Tag: Bullfinch

Wildwatch: 6th March 2013 – Mist and Mysteries

Weather:  damp, misty, increasingly chilly Observers:  Kaj, Doug, Kaye Another dramatic change from the previous week.  It was poor weather for plant-spotting and photography, but the birds didn’t seem to mind. Kaj and Kaye started with a tour of Osbaldwick Beck then followed the traditional path along the western edge and over the Bund.  After […]

Posted 7 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, Catkin, coltsfoot, greenfinch

Wildwatch: 6 February 2013 – Is Spring “just around the corner”?

Weather: Early snow shower cleared to lead to sunny intervals. Cold, Northerly breeze. 2 to  3C. Observers: Ian, Kaye, Kaj Ian went for his usual pre-Wildwatch stroll round Osbaldwick Beck, but was soon driven back to the Environment Centre by a short, heavy snow shower. Then he and Kaye set off early, and covered the North-Eastern […]

Posted 6 February 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: aspen, Bullfinch, catkins, hazel, kingfisher, robin, willow

Wildwatch: 30 January 2013 – Water Vole steals the show!

Weather: Sunny intervals, short blustery showers, fresh to strong N wind, 8C (felt colder in wind) Observers: Doug, Ian, Janetta, Jim, Kaye, Kaj, Steve, Tim A good turn-out of eight people today, with Doug and Jim coming along for the first time. The recently-melted snow had swollen the two becks, with Tang Hall Beck being particularly full. […]

Posted 31 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, robin, Siskin, sparrowhawk, water vole

Wildwatch: 9 January 2013 – The sun smiles on St Nicks!

Weather: Clear, sunny, cool (4C), occasional cold, light breeze Observers: Claire, Ian, Janetta, Kaye Well, after the rain and the dark, overcast skies, we deserved a bright morning.. and that’s what we got today! Cloudless skies, beautiful light, and some lovely sights! Ian was out early for his usual walk around Osbaldwick Beck (getting 16 […]

Posted 11 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Alder Catkins, Bullfinch, Grey Squirrel, Hawthorn buds, kingfisher, Siskin

Wildwatch: 5 September 2012: The Return Of The Vole!

Weather: Warm with sunny intervals Observers: Hazel, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Linda What a contrast in the weather from the pouring rain we experienced last week! And the weather change was reflected in the quality of our sightings today. Our bird count was higher than in the past three weeks, butterflies were on the wing […]

Posted 5 September 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, comma butterfly, great tit, red admiral, Tansy, water vole

Wildwatch: 11 July 2012 – Ringlets everywhere!

Weather: Sunny intervals at first. Heavy rain later Observers: Dianna, Hanna, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay, Sam 1, Sam 2 With there being so many of us this morning, we split into two groups, with Kaye and Kaj going round with the two Sams (on a work experience week), and the others covering the […]

Posted 11 July 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Balsam, Bullfinch, comma butterfly, juvenile birds, Ringlet butterfly

Wildwatch: 25th April 2012 – It might have been a Blackcap

Weather: Overcast, turning to rain. Strengthening wind. Chilly. Observers: Janetta, Lindsay, Philip, Vicky, Kaye The forecast rain luckily held off until the end of the morning. Tang Hall Beck, which was almost at flood level on Saturday, had dropped considerably but was still higher than usual and running fast between very muddy banks. The paths […]

Posted 27 April 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bullfinch, Bumblebee, Chiffchaff, Comfrey, cowslip, Hawthorn, Shield Bug

Wildwatch: 21st March 2012 – Dead Chiffed!

Weather:  overcast, cool. Observers: Kaj, Lindsay, Kaye Birds: With Ian away running a workshop at Blacktoft Sands, we were of course anxious to see something exciting.  There have been quite a few reports of Chiffchaffs arriving in the area, and this was Kaye’s target in a short foray at 9.15.  She was delighted to hear […]

Posted 21 March 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, cowslip, redpoll

Wildwatch: 22 February 2012 – Where are our young Bullfinches?

Weather: Overcast, some drizzle, cool breeze. Observers: Carrie, Ginny, Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Linda A rather damp start to our walk, but not as wet as we thought it might be! Water levels in both becks had dropped over the past week, but there was still a good flow of water through both of them. There […]

Posted 22 February 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, catkins, common frog, common newt, goldcrest, robin, snowdrops, water vole

Wildwatch: 28th January 2012 – Saturday Extra

In cold, still, sunny weather, ten visitors joined Ivana and three Wildwatch regulars to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We decided we had enough confident observers to cover seven different areas of the reserve, including the Environment Centre garden. Between us we found 20 species – not quite as high as on […]

Posted 28 January 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Birdwatch, Bullfinch, magpie, robin