Category: Nature Notes

Recent nature notes

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Spring birds

It is the time of the returners. Cuckoos have returned to Ilkley Moor – and rather earlier than usual. Perhaps the balmy weather a couple of weeks ago had something to do with this....

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Spring foliage

I have always loved looking at trees. As a child my main interest was assessing their climb-ability, but as I grew up the admiration became more aesthetic. Like most of us in the UK...

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Rabbits

Back in the late summer we had two very tiny rabbits which regularly emerged from Farnley Hall woods to feed in the garden, apparently completely without maternal support for an adult never accompanied them....

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Summer migrants

Winter may still have a few nasty surprises for us, but there’s definitely a feeling of change in the air. As I open the back door I’m met with the joyful sound of birdsong....

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Wildlife in the snow

A snowy landscape is a thing of beauty: the nearby houses iced with thick snow, the distant moors glimmering and the charcoal branches of trees and bushes outlined in white. But by the end...

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Blackbirds in winter

Our garden has played host to at least seven blackbirds over the winter with, at times, three males picking up scraps beneath the bird feeders and up to four females, including the bird shown...

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February visitors

A friend, snowed in during the bad weather in mid February, told us how she had been entertained by a flock of thirty long-tailed tits visiting her garden and crowding onto the fat balls,...

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Bird surprises

As I began to write this column, I was startled by a loud thud on the window beside me. A wood pigeon, misled by the sky and trees reflected in the glass, had flown...

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Birdfeeder activity

For much of last year our birdfeeders went unfilled, partly because there seemed enough wild food available but also due to our desire to discourage the grey squirrels which have from time to time...

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Finches

Just before you read this column I shall have completed the RSPB Garden Birdwatch. Volunteers are asked to give an hour to watch out for birds in garden or park, to keep a tally...