Author: timh

Fox 0

Winter life

The Winter Solstice is past and we have to believe that the days are lengthening, though I can’t usually detect much difference until well into January. I can, therefore, understand why, since primitive times,...

magpie & kites 0

The vicious side of magpies

Below our bird feeders is a wire cage, bought to keep squirrels and pigeons from devouring the seeds falling from above. It works with the pigeons but is totally useless against squirrels which easily...

Devil's Coach-horse 0

Beetles

Horrified, I read in the press recently that some tidy person had hoovered up a collection of hibernating ladybirds. I guess she assumed they were dead. Ladybirds can escape the cold, prey-less months in...

Corsica Nuthatch 0

Nuthatches home and away

I refilled the bird feeders at the start of October, having left them empty over the summer when I reckoned the nearby woods were overflowing with natural food. I had thought that the feeders...

Autumn colours 0

Lively autumn

We’ve now had our first frost – quite a heavy one – though I was relieved to see that our garden remained unaffected. Even the last few blackberries were surprisingly delicious: I was brought...

Spider's web by Rob Dixon 0

Arachnophilia

The equinox has slid past and the horse chestnut tree beside the Ilkley Health Centre is already changing colour so I guess Autumn is here. The garden birds are quiet and subdued but I...

Banded demoiselle 0

Dragon- and damselflies

I’m very lucky in that my stepson, Rob, is also interested in natural history and, more importantly, is a very good and keen photographer. Because he and his wife love canoeing, they get to...

Copper underwing 0

Farnley Hall Woods

Farnley Hall Woods, backing on to our Otley garden, are full of moths at the moment although unfortunately almost all are of just one species. From late June onwards my moth trap is dominated...

Woodpecker 0

Birdfeeder newcomer

There’s been a newcomer at our peanut feeder over the past few weeks. A young great spotted woodpecker has been coming several times each day and attacking the nuts fiercely as though hammering through...

Bee 0

Exotic bee

A great advantage of being a Wharfedale Naturalist is that I am part of a network, an ever-expanding web of connections. It brings me stories for these Notes, and can supply expert advice. There’s...