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Wildwatch: 27th February 2013 – Things warm up!

Weather:  Sunny, warm, still! Observers: Doug, Janetta, John, Linda, Steve, Kaye Last week, woolly hats, mitts and frozen fingers.  This week, basking in the sun and everything starting to happen.  The slightly sad note for an otherwise delightful morning was that some of the most exciting things happened after most of the group had left.  […]

Posted 1 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: catkins, coltsfoot, Ladybird, Siskin, small tortoiseshell

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: 16 January 2013 – Visitors from the North

Weather: Mainly clear and sunny. Cold (-5C to 0C). No wind. 1 to 2 cm of snow lying. Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaj, Kaye, Tim It was a beautiful, frosty morning when we set off. The paths were icy in parts, but there were no difficulties. Kaye and Ian had previously taken a walk round Osbaldwick […]

Posted 17 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Aspen catkin, Coal Tit, Hawthorn buds, redwing, scandinavian blackbird, Siskin

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

January 2013: Spotlight on.. Siskin

  Siskin Carduelis spinus Siskins are endearing, acrobatic little finches, which are found throughout the UK. They breed in coniferous and mixed forest, with a preference for Spruce. In North Yorkshire, in the breeding season, they favour woodlands in the North York Moors and the Howardian Hills, but in the winter, they come down to […]

Posted 5 January 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Alder, Siskin, winter visitor

Wildwatch: 3 January 2013 – Signs of Spring already!

Weather: Drizzle for first half hour, then just overcast. Cool. Very light breeze. Poor light Observers: Ian, Kaye, Janetta The weather might have been dull for this, the first Wildwatch of 2013, but in the bird song and behaviour, and in some of the plant life, there were some promises of the Spring which will […]

Posted 3 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: alder catkin, bird song, hogweed flower, rabbit warren, robin, Siskin, Song Thrush, white dead nettle

Wildwatch: 12 December 2012 – Nature on a frosty morning

Weather: Thin cloud, calm, cold (-2C) Observers: Ian, Kaye, Roger It was certainly a bit nippy today! But the persisting frost added a new dimension to St Nicks, with everything glistening white and shining, despite the dull light. The calm air encouraged the birds to come out and show themselves, and the plants and trees […]

Posted 12 December 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: carrion crow, Catkin, frost, fungi, kingfisher, magpie, Siskin, teazle

Wildwatch: 14 November 2012 – “Normal” isn’t “Boring”!

Weather: Overcast. Calm at first, increasing breeze later. Coolish! Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda We had a very leisurely stroll round the reserve, spending quite a bit of time looking closely at very small things – such as galls! We strolled along the Bund Path and followed our normal route from there along the […]

Posted 15 November 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: goldcrest, Siskin

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: 1st February 2012 – Arctic Spring

Weather: Bright, still, often sunny, but bitterly cold. Observers: Kaj, Janetta, Phil, Kaye. The reserve looked beautiful, with the sun highlighting the stems of Dogwood and greening Willow, but the sheet of ice on the pond should have warned us…. Birds: Setting off from the Centre, we stopped to try and count the House Sparrows […]

Posted 2 February 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Catkin, redwing, Siskin