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Tag: Great spotted woodpecker

Wildwatch: March 2014 sightings

Weather: A warmer patch mid-month was sandwiched between a cooler start and end to the month. Fortunately, we managed to stay dry on all four of the Wildwatch walks! A fairly dry month, so the water level in both becks started to drop, exposing muddy banks. Observers: Once again, numbers on the walks were in […]

Posted 31 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Box Elder, Brimstone butterfly, Chiffchaff, common frog, cowslip, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, Lungwort, peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell, Song Thrush, Willow Catkins, wren

Wildwatch: 19 June 2013 – a Lazy Plant, a Poisonous Moth – and a Soggy Sparrow!

Weather: Some cloud, some sunshine, a warm 19C – 23C Observers: Cliff, Kaj, Ian, Linda, Tim, Tracey With Kaye tied up with St Nicks admin duties, we were heavily reliant on Cliff for some botany expertise, as well as his excellent spotting and photography of insects. Kaye did manage a trip round the reserve on […]

Posted 20 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cinnabar Moth, Common Froghopper, Corncockle, Goat's Beard, Great spotted woodpecker, Harlequin Ladybird, Soldier Beetle, Speckled Wood butterfly

Wildwatch: 13 March 2013 – More “firsts” and mysterious footprints!

Weather: Sunny intervals, but mainly overcast later on. Light, cool breeze. 0C – 5C Observers: Cavan, Doug, Eithne, Ian, Janetta, John, Kaye, Kaj, Linda, Steve A record turn-out (10 people) required us to split into two groups. Eithne, Janetta, John and Linda went round with Kaye, whilst the rest went round with Ian. And the […]

Posted 15 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding, first Dandelion of 2013, Great spotted woodpecker, long-tailed tit

Wildwatch: 19 December 2012 – Pre-Christmas Bird Bonanza!

Weather: Cool, overcast, poor light, light cold breeze later Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye Well, it was a dull, miserable looking morning when we set out at 10 am, heading out along the Bund Path. And for the first 20 minutes, we saw practically nothing.. a few White Dead Nettle flowers, Woodpigeons and Magpies. Although […]

Posted 21 December 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, knopper gall, record, record bird count, sparrowhawk, white dead nettle, yellow brain fungus

Wildwatch: 25th July 2012 – Spotty adolescent steals show!

Weather:  overcast, warm. Observers:  Hanna, Hannah, Kaj, Linda, Kaye Elusive birds and insects continue to present one sort of recording challenge, while the wealth of flowering plants presents another. The grass is still luxuriant and likely to remain so for a while. An experimental cutting regime has begun along the eastern boundary, but scything the […]

Posted 26 July 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Great spotted woodpecker, Tansy, wild carrot