30/04/13 07:45 - 10:30 2° at dawn with ground frost but 11° and pleasant (no wind) later.
Just a White-shouldered House Moth
and a Clouded Drab
in the trap, but the birds were more forthcoming with 35 species recorded today making 61 the total for April. This compares to 47 during March, 26 during February and 25 in January. The last winter thrush sightings were Redwing on 7th April and Fieldfare on 20th. There were still 22 Wheatears
this morning on Fox Hill and the Hares (CLICK to YouTube)
were performing again.
28/04/13 10:00 - 12:30 3.5° at dawn and cloudy but 14° and sunny with strong, chilly, south-west wind by late morning.
A Willow Warbler
in my garden earlier. Along the lane, the Wheatears
are far more spread out than before but still 31 at least are present. In the shelter of the Meadow, it was warm enough for 3 Orange-tips
, 3 Peacocks
, 2 Small Tortoiseshells
1 Small White
and 2 Commas
along with several Bee-flies. A Blackcap
was singing and Kestrel, Green Woodpecker
and Pied Wagtail
were also heard or seen.
27/04/13 06:45 - 08:00 2.5° at dawn
Nothing in the moth trap and whilst I was stood later on Fox Hill in a perishing northerly wind, I realised why. Still there were 28 Wheatears
(including a particularly obliging male), 2 Moorhens
(away from their pond) a Buzzard
and a Whitethroat
. The Hares
that had yesterday been running crazily around, 30 metres from me and my dog, were back to their usual nervous selves. A Yellow Wagtail
was reported yesterday by a visitor.
18:00 - 19:00 Sunny, fresh, 8°
For the first time this week most of the Wheatears
had moved to another field; 18 were in an adjacent horse/sheep pasture and a further 11 were scattered elsewhere, but as I left an hour later, all 18 had gone from their new field. It will be interesting in the morning to see whether this is typical evening behaviour or whether they will have moved on altogether. Nothing else of note apart from a Little Owl
hanging out on one of Howard's Barn Owl boxes:
Aren't digital bridge cameras (FujiFilm HS10) plus Photoshop Elements amazing!
26/04/13 06:30 Cloudy, 5.7° at dawn
2 Brindled Beauty
, 2 Early Thorn
, and a Small Quaker
were all new for the year.
07:00 - 10:00 Cloudy, brightening then hail shower, 9°
The Hares (CLICK to YouTube)
were performing wonderfully this morning in the same field that the Wheatears are favouring.
I managed 27 Wheatears
and 2 Whinchats
(one of which was in a different location and was a brightly plumaged male - so there have been at least three over the last two days). There's a brief video of one here (CLICK to YouTube)
. I heard a Cuckoo
and there are Whitethroats
now in territory. A Fox
was slow to spot us but quick to scarper once he had.
25/04/13 07:45 - 11.00 Cloudy, cold breeze, becoming warm 15°
The extraordinary Fox Hill continues to attract birds with a Ring Ouzel
, 2 Whinchats
and 24 Wheatears
being today's tally of migrants. In support were 3 Green Woodpeckers
, 2 Buzzards
, scattered Tree Sparrows
, 20 Starlings
, several Swallows
and a Linnet
. The Ring Ouzel disappeared before I could get a photo, when a Rabbit startled it, but in case you think I'm making this up, Howard Broughton joined me and witnessed the lot.
This is, I think, Reticularia lycoperdon
- a slime mould. It was growing (if that's the right word) on an old telegraph pole.
24/04/13 06:15 Thin wispy cloud. Min 7.7°
Two more new moths; a Twenty-plume
and a Twin-spotted Quaker
brings species this year to 11 (8 Macros).
24/04/13 08:00 - 10:00 Thickening cloud. 15.6°
on Fox Hill (the usual site) otherwise just, Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Pied Wagtails
and common early-season butterflies.
23/04/13 06:15 Cloudless Min 5.5°
A couple of additional garden moth species for the year - an Early Grey
and an Emmelina monodactyla
- both common and expected.
07:45 - 10:15 Sunny rising to 15°
today - all in the same field on Fox Hill. 2 House Martins
and 2 Whitethroats
plus Kestrel, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail
and 2 Linnets
are in full flower.
22/04/13 07:45 - 09:45 Broken cloud; cool
down to "just" 23 and no accompanying notables. However there was a nice spread of regulars with 2 Pied Wagtails
, another Jay
, 2 Grey Partridges
a Little Owl
and the Green Woodpecker
. Also 7 Hares
in 2 groups.
19:20 - 20:15 Cool, Breezy but pleasant.
A brief Badger
watch saw one emerge early on, with possibly a half-hidden cub or two, but then it went quiet until an adult busied him/herself gathering bedding. But whilst still light, I was spotted, so I left them in peace.
21/04/13 07:45 - 10:45 Sunny and warm. 15° by 11.00am
An amazing 34 Wheatears
were today accompanied by a Whinchat
(perhaps 2) and a Yellow Wagtail
. They were all in one particular field, previously favoured by Redwings and Fieldfares and the Whinchat is quite a scarce migrant in Notts so finding one in Keyworth was very unexpected. A Jay
was in the same field briefly and other birds included, Bullfinches, Pied Wagtails
and a Whitethroat
. Comma, Small Tortoiseshell
butterflies on the wing and sunbathing.
20/04/13 07:45 - 09:30 Sunny. Early frost, becoming warm.
Today's Moths: 2 Hebrew Character, 2 Clouded Drab, 1 Common Quaker.
was the amazing highlight of the morning. Also 2 Little Owls
, 2 Linnets
plus Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers, Blackcaps, Swallows, Chiffchaffs
and a Kestrel
Later 4 Buzzards
drifted over as I hung out the washing.
A Green Woodpecker
did a spot of free ant clearance to next door's patio.
And there were Brimstone
butterflies out and about.
19/04/13 08:00 - 10:00 Breezy and chilly.
Today's Moths: 2 Clouded Drab
and 2 Common Quaker
. The Lead-coloured Drab id confirmed.
along Lings Lane and a Willow Warbler
, a Blackcap
and a few Chiffchaffs
in the Meadow. Cowslips
flowering and Sallow
blossom now out fully.
in the garden.
2 Swallows on Bunny Lane.
16/04/13 07:00 Breezy and mild. (Very windy later).
As well as the Hebrew Character
, 2 Common Quakers
and 2 Clouded Drabs
, there was a Lead-coloured Drab
) in the garden moth trap. I'm awaiting confirmation from the county recorder that my id is correct and if so it will be new to me and to the garden. Although they seem well-established in north Leicestershire, this is a Grade 2 rarity species for Notts.
15/04/13 pm Sunny and breezy 16°.
Just as the birds and good weather arrive, I get a heavy cold. The apples on my pergola are intended to detain a few Waxwings but I'll settle for the female Blackcap
that spent most of the afternoon at them.
14/04/13 06:45 11°C at dawn.
The 5th species of moth this year but it won't be the last Hebrew Character
13/04/13 06:45 4.3°C at dawn.
The 4th species of moth this year - an overdue Common Quaker
10:30 - 12:30 Sunny start becoming cloudy with S breeze - 13°.
in the meadow and a few dozen more in the fields (some Redwings
mixed in) but the good news is that there were 3 Chiffchaffs
(or 1 Chiffchaff moving around a lot!). Also another Peacock
butterfly which was scoffed by a Yellowhammer
!, 2 Buzzards
and a Kestrel
12/04/13 16:00 11.5°C Hazy sunshine.
First butterfly - a Peacock in the garden. Also a Bee-fly: This is a harmless fly, that looks like a bee with a long pointed proboscis.
11/04/13 07:00 3.2°C at dawn
Just a single Clouded Drab
in the moth trap despite the first non-negative dawn temperature for weeks and weeks.
09:00 - 10:15 Cold easterly air & Cloudy; 5.5° by 11:00am
At least 7 Tree Sparrows
around the hopper and still some Goldcrests
singing and feeding in the meadow but otherwise very uninteresting today. The weather, the landscape and the birds (except for a Robin with nesting material) were what one would expect for a January day.
10/04/13 08:30 - 10:30 Hazy sunshine. slight early frost increasing to 10°C by noon..
Still no spring arrivals and still a "wintering" flock of about 12 Yellowhammers
. Otherwise a wandering Canada Goose
, 2 Greylag Geese
, prospecting Mallards
and another (or the same) Squirrel
. A Muntjac
was seen by a friend nearby this morning and I had a text to say that a Brambling
was in a Keyworth garden today.
13:15 Warm sunshine! 14°
bat hawking briefly over gardens in the hazy sunshine. Presumably desperate for food after a prolonged hibernation.
07/04/13 08:30 - 10:15 Frosty start then sunny and warm! (12° by 11.00am).
Several singing Goldcrests
, a Willow Tit
(and a few Rabbits
) 6 Bullfinches
, 1 Little Owl
and a dead Common Shrew
. There are also still large numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing and no spring arrivals, though the landscape is just as brown as it was in January. A NBW report of a Raven over the village.
06/04/13 07:00 2° and calm.
Two more moths - things are picking up! A Satellite
and a Clouded Drab
were the first on a Garden Moth Survey night.
11:30 - 14.00 11° Cold air, Warm sun.
, 3 Buzzards
, 2 Mallards
and a Grey Squirrel
. The latter are very unusual in and around the meadow and this one was very keen not to be seen. The first frogspawn
- in one of Tim's ponds.
04/04/13 07:00 0.2° and bitingly cold wind.
My first moth of the year from the garden trap - a fresh Oak Beauty
03/04/13 09:45 - 13:30 5° rising to 8°. Sunny but strong cold easterly.
A visit with the Wildlife Trust to review management turned up a bird first for the reserve in the form of a roosting Long-eared Owl
. Single Kingfisher, Heron, Buzzard
were also seen.
About 25 Waxwings
have just flown north over my garden.
02/04/13 2:30 - 4:00 10° and sunny but cold easterly.
flew over but most birds seemed to be taking a siesta. An unidentified (Andrena sp.?) bee visited a dandelion and there were gnats on the wing.