Category: Nature Notes

Recent nature notes

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...

seamus 0

Mustelids

You may think you know the animals that live in your immediate neighbourhood – but there are always surprises. A few weeks ago, my husband was just in time to see a weasel dash...

Orange-tip 0

Spring wildlife

After years of spring arriving earlier and earlier, this year a more traditional late winter pattern was restored as the Beast from the East roared in from Siberia and collided with Storm Emma sweeping...

Osprey 0

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....

Pussy Willow 0

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...

Black Rabbit 0

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....

Blackcap 0

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....

Thrush 0

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...