Author: timh

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...

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Mysterious holes

Most of us spend a lot of time scrutinising our gardens or the countryside we habitually walk through: we generally know the creatures we are likely to see there. Night-time is a different matter....

Peppered moth by Denis O'Connor 0

Peppered moths

During the day our garden is alive with insects. The brambles, rampant once again despite my attempts to eradicate them, have their flowers covered with bumblebees and hoverflies with an occasional butterfly. The same...

Blackbirds 0

May songbirds

I thought I already knew what a hard time the breeding season was for our songbirds: defending territory, building nests, brooding eggs, feeding nestling and then fledgling young – as well as all that...