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Tag: Whitethroat

Wildwatch: July 2017

Highlights A mouse and a mouse-like bird.. best month ever for hoverflies.. we seek him here, we seek him there – but we didn’t find him! Weather Dry, 16C – 20C with some sun on the first three Wildwatch Wednesdays.. rain on the 26th. Birds Our summer visitors were recorded every Wednesday in July. At […]

Posted 30 August 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Earth Star fungus, Hoverfly, Long-tailed Mouse, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, wood mouse

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: July 2017

Wednesday afternoons throughout July were generally overcast yet it was still very warm with temperatures around 20 degrees most weeks, though the 26th was slightly cooler at 17 degrees. Still, we had a very successful month and came across lots of exciting species. Birds Around the pond this month, we were not disappointed by our […]

Posted 29 August 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: Birds foot trefoil, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Comma, common darter, dog rose, emperor dragonfly, Grasshopper, great tit, Hedge Woundwort, House Sparrow, Knapweed, lords and ladies, Marmalade Hoverfly, nipplewort, Parent Shield Bug, pied wagtail, Speckled Wood, tree sparrow, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: May 2017

Highlights Record number of hoverflies (including 4 new to St Nicks); scarce summer bird visitor returns (and two stunning juvenile water birds); the magnificent big yellow “L”! Weather Temperatures ranged from 14C to 19C. Some sun (especially on the 3rd and 10th). We stayed dry! Birds On the 3rd, A Whitethroat sang all morning near […]

Posted 13 June 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Germander Speedwell, Green Carpet Moth, Juvenile Robin, kingfisher, ladybirds, Magpie Moth, Ragged Robin, robin, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: May 2016 Sightings

Highlights Cool damp weather suppresses butterflies, and other insects.. birds defending their breeding territories.. trees & bushes reach their flowering peak. Weather Temperatures remained low throughout most of the month.. around 10 – 12 C, although a mainly sunny day on the 4th saw the thermometer climbing to 18C. We had intermittent rain on the […]

Posted 7 June 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Cuckoo Flower, Fourteen-spot Ladybird, green alkanet, Green Shieldbug, Herald Moth, Swallow, Swift, Water Aven, Whitethroat, Wood Ave

Wildwatch: June 2014 Sightings

Highlights A Southern Hawker Dragonfly on the Butterfly Path, well away from water.. one of the most poisonous moths in Britain photographed.. another two sightings of an increasingly rare (for St Nicks) warbler.. loads more butterflies.. lots of juvenile birds.. and an increasingly rich flower meadow! Weather A very wet start to the month on the […]

Posted 6 July 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: 22-spot ladybird, Cinnabar Moth, Creeping Thistle, Large Skipper, long-tailed tit, longhorn beetle, mirid bug, Southern Hawker, Tufted Vetch, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: May 2014 Sightings

Highlights Evidence of Water Voles breeding.. Sightings of Garden Warbler and Whitethroat.. Nine species of butterflies seen in the month.. First damselflies of the year seen. Weather Dry for the first three Wildwatch Wednesdays, with some sunshine, and temperatures rising to 23C on the 14th. The final Wednesday was very wet, which depressed sightings of birds and […]

Posted 7 June 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Brimstone butterfly, cardinal beetle, common newt, Large Red Damselfly, long-tailed tit, parent bug, Picture-winged Fly, Pocket Plum, red admiral, Ribwort Plantain, Salad Burnet, water vole, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: 24th July 2013 – Fun among the nettles

Weather: hot, humid, mainly sunny Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Maigen, Mike, Tracey In similar conditions to last week’s, except possibly even hotter and more airless, birds continued to be hard to find, one or two plants are experiencing a very short flowering season, but there were clouds of butterflies and small insects. […]

Posted 26 July 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: figwort, Hoverfly, lacewing, mirid bug, moth, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: 26 June 2013 – Bugs, birds, butterflies.. where do we start?

Weather: Sunny intervals, light breeze, warm in the sunshine – 15C to 19C Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Declan, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Paul, Rosemary, Tim, Tracy A good turn-out of ten people today, with four new people joining in the group walk. We split into two parties, with Kaye and Janetta taking Amanda, Paul and Tracy on […]

Posted 28 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bumblebee, Speckled Wood, water vole, Whitethroat

June 2013: Spotlight on… Common Whitethroat

                      Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis Whitethroats are members of the Warbler family, visiting Britain only in the summer to nest and breed. They are a tiny bird, smaller than a House Sparrow, but they have a very distictive, scratchy, warbling song. You can hear the […]

Posted 5 June 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: common whitethroat, spotlight, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: 29 May 2013 – Flowers, breeding birds – and the 2nd largest in the world!

Weather: Cloudy, breezy Northerly, 11 to 13 C but felt colder Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaye Ian did his usual pre-Wildwatch perambulation, but drizzle then persuaded him not to carry his camera out on the Wildwatch patrol. Fortunately, Carrie and Kaye were able to take some interesting close-up photos of plants and other small things! We […]

Posted 30 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding, Coal Tit, current gall, long-tailed tit, Mistle Thrush, Whitethroat