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Wildwatch: November 2013 Sightings

  Weather In contrast to last month, the Wildwatch group was blessed with dry Wednesdays! November’s first Wildwatch meeting had overcast skies, but for the other three Wednesdays we enjoyed sunshine or, at least sunny intervals. Temperatures ranged from 3C to 11C. Observers There were fewer of us during November, compared with last month – between five […]

Posted 5 December 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Candlesnuff, fox, Froghopper, fungi, gorse, Green Dock Beetle, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Hogweed, House Sparrow, Jelly Ear, kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Oak Marble Gall, Pheasant, Purple Jelly Drops, Reed Mace, Shieldbugs, Siskin, Tree Damsel Bug, Turkey Tail, Woodcock

Wildwatch: 27th March 2013 – Unstoppable!

Weather: Snowing and cold.  Still at first but with a biting wind picking up later. Observers: Janetta, Kaj, Linda, Steve, Kaye Yes, the heading does include your intrepid Wildwatch team. We followed every inch of the winter thrush survey route in defiance of the sometimes quite thick snow. But mainly it’s about nature, which appears […]

Posted 28 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Grey Wagtail

Wildwatch: 20 February 2013 – Winter lingers but Spring is arriving!

Weather: Cloudy, light, cool SW breeze, 2 – 5 C Observers: Carrie, Hannah, Ian, John, Katie, Kaj, Kaye, Steve The arrival of John and Katie, two new members of Wildwatch, swelled our numbers to eight observers. We decided, therefore to split into two groups. Carrie, Ian, John and Katie went anti-clockwise round the reserve, with the […]

Posted 21 February 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: catkins, Grey Wagtail, hazel, redwing, sparrowhawk

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: 7 November 2012 – “Siskin Season” not “Silly Season”!

Weather: Cloudy, fresh cool breeze Obesrvers: Diana, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Linda, Tom – and “Chairman Meow” (aka “Ginger the Cat”)! OK, not as silly a session as we reported on last week – except that, thanks to some local people, we found out that Ginger the cat, is actually called “Chairman Meow” – if we […]

Posted 8 November 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Autumn colours, Grey Wagtail, long-tailed tit, Siskin, tit feeding flock

Wildwatch: 6th June 2012 – Gone Fishin’?

Weather: Warm, bright with one brief shower. Observers: Ian, Linda, Peter, Kaye Birds: A long Kingfisher watch produced a number of Wood Pigeons, a couple of Magpies, a female Blackbird collecting muddy nest materials, two Mallards, one small fish and a floating triangular item that probably wasn’t the shark of Tang Hall Beck. We are […]

Posted 7 June 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blue Tit, Cranesbill, Grey Wagtail, Speedwell

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