Category: Nature Notes

Recent nature notes

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Spring is launched

With cowslips in bloom along the Burley bypass and hawthorn hedgerows in leaf, I feel Spring is launched. During the warm weather earlier this month we were able to sit in the garden enjoying...

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) 0

Birds reduce stress

From a recent BTO Newsletter I learned that research at Exeter University is confirming something I’m sure most of us instinctively knew: watching birds near your home reduces your stress levels! Visiting friends who...

Snipe 0

Bird song

I have grown quite fond of my smart phone – a family hand-me-down designed to bring me into the 21st century. The reason is my new app. This enables me to select any bird...

Teal 0

Waterfowl – teal

An early February walk round Swinsty and Fewston Reservoirs produced two concentrations of waterfowl, the first the usual conglomeration of mallards plus a few Canada and feral farmyard geese beside the car park at...

Common frog 0

Awaiting the frogs

Spring was approaching nicely at the beginning of last week till the arrival of Doris and accompanying wind, lashing rain, and a dramatic drop in temperature. However, as I look out at the garden...

Wasps' nest 0

Nestbox week

This week is National Nestbox Week when the BTO encourages us all to install nestboxes in our gardens. With our modern building practices and general passion for tidy gardens we have actually severely cut...

Dipper 0

Dippers

A January walk through Strid Wood found a pair of dippers in one of their usual spots near the Cavendish Pavilion, prime dipper habitat of fast shallow water that provides an abundance of invertebrate...

Spider 0

Winter snooze

I was just putting out the milk bottles the other day when I spotted a small ladybird halfway up the inside of the front door – just resting, not going anywhere in particular. It...

Long-tailed tit 0

Garden visitors

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been puzzled by some long-tailed tits visiting our fat-ball feeder. Nothing unusual in the species – these tiny members of the tit family have grown increasingly common...

Pigeon 0

A look back at 2016

Looking back, 2016 appears a rather dismal year. However, I thought I might be able to find a few bright spots to cheer us as we embark on 2017 – and so it proved....