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Wildwatch: 1st May 2013 – Mayday! Mayday!

Weather: sunny, warm in the sun, breezy Observers: Doug, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye For weeks we’ve been predicting a sudden surge. At last it’s happening! It’s brilliant but induces a sense of panic in our record-keepers – far too much to do in one short session even when we can remember perfectly what we learnt last […]

Posted 2 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, caddis, Chiffchaff, Comma, cowslip, fritillary, orange tip, tadpole

Wildwatch: 24th April 2013 – Sorting Little Brown Jobs

Weather: Warm, sunny, breezy Observers: Linda, Roger The first really warm Wednesday of the year brought out more birds than watchers. Linda and Roger rose to the challenge magnificently. Linda’s report gives the flavour of the morning: “We sat for a while on a fallen log and just watched everything around us.. went to the […]

Posted 25 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, Comma, cowslip

Wildwatch: 17 April 2013 – “And The Birds They Are A-Warbling”

Thanks – and apologies – to Bob Dylan for the headline! Weather: Cloudy, 8 to 10C, calm at first, freshening SW breeze later. Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj It was a grey, overcast day, but we just missed the heavy shower earlier in the morning. With the initial lack of wind, birdsong was plentiful and, […]

Posted 17 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, buff-tailed bumblebee, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, cow parsley, field maple, frogspawn, lesser celandine, marsh marigold, water vole, willow warbler

April 2013: Spotlight on… Chiffchaff

  Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Chiffchaffs are a “summer visitor”, coming only to Britain in the Spring to breed and departing in the early Autumn – although a few tough it out and stay the winter here. They are a small bird – about the size of a Blue Tit – and, in appearance, they are […]

Posted 5 April 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Chiffchaff, spotlight

Wildwatch: 26 September 2012 – After The Rains..!

Weather: Overcast, a few sunny intervals, light breeze, one light shower Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Nicky After two days of very heavy rain, causing local flooding, this morning was, mercifully, mainly dry. Both Osbaldwick and Tang Hall Becks were very high, with the scenes reminding Ian of flooded Amazonian forests – minus the exotic […]

Posted 26 September 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: butterflies, Chiffchaff, flooding, floods, Goldfinch, red admiral, sparrowhawk, Speckled Wood

Wildwatch: 30 May 2012 – Positives and negatives

Weather: Warm & sunny Observers: Hazel, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Linda, Lindsay We started off with a half-hour kingfisher watch, with Linda and Kaj going to the usual Kingfisher Watch Point and Ian, Hazel and Lindsay going to the sluice, which is not often watched. Janetta did her usual excellent job of recording some of the plant […]

Posted 31 May 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, juvenile long-tailed tit, juvenile rabbit, willow warbler

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: 11th April 2012 – Beetle Drive

Weather: Changeable. Warm in full sun; chilly under cloud. Occasional light showers. Observers: Aingeal, Carrie, Janetta, Linda, Lindsay, Richard, Kaye Cooler weather over the last week hasn’t deterred trees and herbaceous plants, and the reserve continues to grow greener every day. The Environment Centre garden and pond are well worth a visit. Intermittent rain has […]

Posted 12 April 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, cowslip, Ladybird, water vole, wood mouse

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

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