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Tag: Song Thrush

Wildwatch: July 2015 Sightings

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, and a bad hair day for a scarce bird by Tang Hall Beck.. Warmer July weather brings out more butterflies and dragonflies, plus two more new hoverflies for the reserve.. “Butterfly bush” now in full bloom, and there’s Bindweed everywhere! Weather July started off hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching […]

Posted 5 August 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Bullfinch, Corn Marigold, Gatekeeper butterfly, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, juvenile birds, kingfisher, Knapweed, Large Skipper, Ringlet butterfly, Shieldbugs, six-spot burnet, Soapwort, Song Thrush, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: February 2015 Sightings

Highlights Snowdrops everywhere.. Water skulker and Tree “mouse” return.. a February shieldbug first, and a semaphoring fly! Weather Snow showers greeted us on the 4th, with a chilly 1C. But during the month, temperatures slowly rose and we had bright days on the 18th and 25th. Birds Last month’s statement that the December Water Rail […]

Posted 9 March 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Alder, aspen, brown rat, coltsfoot, Ensign Fly, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, hazel, lesser celandine, millipede, Pygmy Woodlouse, Rabbit, redwing, Seven-spot Ladybird, Smooth Newt, Snowdrop, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, Tree Creeper, Water Rail, water vole

Wildwatch: January 2015 Sightings

Highlights A secretive dweller in the Pond – and CCTV catches a “first” for St Nicks! Weather A dull and drizzly start to the first Wildwatch of the year, but it got colder and clearer later in the month. There was a scattering of snow on the 14th. Birds We searched unsuccessfully for the Water […]

Posted 3 February 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Caddis Fly larva, Centipede, Coal Tit, fox, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Hazel flowers, millipede, Song Thrush, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: September 2014 Sightings

Highlights: Three new plants & six new plant galls.. more “blue flashes” and sightings of the “tree mouse”.. spiders and harvestmen abound, and grasshoppers spring a surprise! Weather: Nationally, and locally, a very dry September, but with just enough rain to keep the two becks flowing. Temperatures on “Wildwatch Wednesdays” ranged from 12C to 20C, […]

Posted 2 October 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, carrion crow, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Devils Bit Scabious, Digger wasp, galls, Grasshopper, Hollyhock, Midge Gall, Song Thrush, Tansy Gall, Tree Damsel Bug, Woundwort Shieldbug

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

October 2013: Spotlight on… Winter Thrushes

Winter Thrushes During October, the UK will see the start of a mass invasion from overseas, as hundreds of thousands of birds move in from Scandinavia and other parts of Continental Europe to escape from the harsher winters. These include common garden birds, such as Robin and Chaffinch, but our focus this month is on […]

Posted 15 October 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: berries, blackbird, fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, redwing, Song Thrush, winter thrushes

Wildwatch: 15 May 2013 – Yet more rain!

Weather: 7 to 9 C, Cool and cloudy at first; later cool, cloudy – and wet! Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaj Ian, rained off (by the forecast) from his Blacktoft guided walk joined the Wildwatch Group. At this important time for flowering plants, we were sadly missing inputs from Janetta and Kaye, but Carrie filled the breach […]

Posted 16 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bird Cherry, Common Comfrey, Red Campion, Song Thrush

Wildwatch: 8th May 2013 – Oak before Ash??

Weather: overcast with showers, cool at first, light breeze. Observers: Linda, Kaye What a contrast with the weekend’s mini heatwave! But the showers were a welcome refreshment for yet more leaves and flowers, and the birds seemed to like it – at any rate they were much more in evidence than last week. The new […]

Posted 8 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, cowslip, Cuckoo Flower, green alkanet, Song Thrush

Wildwatch: 3 April 2013 – Has Spring Been Cancelled?

Weather: Sunny at first, then sunny intervals. 3 to 5 C. Light NE wind. Feeling cool! Observers: Eithne, Ian, Kaye, Jo, John, Roger At last – a sunny day! But still cold, and still little sign of Spring. It’s as if everything has been put on hold, waiting for a few warm days for all the […]

Posted 4 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: carrion crow, kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, water vole, wren

Wildwatch: 20 March 2013 – Gruesome breeding evidence..!

Weather: occasional light drizzle, grey and overcast, cool (2C to 4C) and light Easterly breeze. Observers: Carrie, Cavan, Eithne, Haley, Ian, Jim, Kaye A grey, raw day, but it didn’t deter the seven members of the Wildwatch Group who turned up! Some of the smaller paths were very muddy after the recent heavy rain, but […]

Posted 20 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding evidence, Coal Tit, Grey Squirrel, Song Thrush