I’m sorry to have to report that this site will now no longer be kept up to date. As of this year I have decided on putting my efforts into one site, at Huddsbirder
Its not all bad news, I will still be reporting on the Nature on a Lunch Break, you will still be able to find this on the Huddsbirder site on a new tab at the top of the page, so don’t leave head over to the site and enjoy new things to come
Please join me
Holidays and lack of highlights has resulted in little activity on my part, so I’d to finish the year off with this weeks activities being mainly from the Thrush family devouring the berries on site, birds have been Song and Mistle Thrush, plenty of Blackbirds along with numerous Redwing and Fieldfares
Other highlights included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Siskins, a Grey Heron and a Common Buzzard putting in brief appearances
So 2018 was a good year for Butterflies with one new species, Common Blue, making 21 in all now for the site and great to see so many Small Coppers again this year after a three year absence
The Moths gave seven new species this year and Hoverflies came in with three new species
The birds gave Forty-eight species from the total of Sixty-three for the site but nothing new this year
See the total Species List for 2018 here PRESS
I’ll leave the year saying thank you for joining me again in 2018 and please return in 2019.
My final message is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year
A good dry week with temperatures above average for this time of year, the Fiedlfares and Redwings have now moved thru leaving behind very little activity a few Blackbirds however remain on site.
Other highlights this week included a Sparrowhawk drifting thru the site but severely mobbed by one of the local Carrion Crows for doing so, Common Kestrel was also seen hunting over the adjacent field.
There was little activity in the woods Blue Tit and Robins been the backbone of what was seen, Bullfinch were heard but a nice surprise this week on one day only was a Juvenile Siskin, a sign of winter approaching
Very little to report again, Fieldfare and Redwings remain all week and the berries go down, Blackbirds compete with the latter, a Grey Heron was seen flying thru on a couple of occasions this week, Black headed and Lesser Black Backed Gulls also seen again this week
Autumn is truly set in with all the magnificent colours about at the moment and the insects sleep for another five to six months so it’s all down to bird action now.
Although quiet there has been a few highlights with a few winter thrush about, there is a good crop of berries this year, Blackbirds increase in number and have been joined this year by a good size flock of Fieldfare and Redwings. Along with these thrush Goldfinch, Robin, Blue Tit and Great Tit were seen
Activity this week was around the bird table with Long tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit all around this week, the Nuthatch was around this week also seen and heard.Common Buzzard put in a brief appearance, highlight this week was a flock of a dozen Redwings (winter Thrush) going thru
Insects no butterflies this week only single Hawthorn and Green Shieldbugs
A good week weather wise with some late high temperatures but unfortunately very few highlights but what was about was good.
A few Common Buzzards were over the site and Green and Hawthorn Shieldbugs could also be found but the prize for this week goes to a Small Copper aberration caeruleopunctata see photo, as you may see it has 4 blue spots on the hind wings as in Small Copper they are absent