Saturday, 22 November 2014

Nice Suprice

Myself and Trace decided to have a drive around the lanes late afternoon and to our surprise came across this Short-eared Owl right next to the road.

Greenfinch's Scarce

Their have been no Grennfinch's on the feeders now for several months has that dreaded disease finally caught up with them this year , around ten birds were regular throughout last winter / spring but alas none since . On a plus note Coal Tits seem to have had a good breeding season with around a dozen different birds visiting hourly . The Lesser Redpoll's are still choosing to feed in the trees around the feeders and so far this winter we have had no Siskin , but this could soon change with a cold snap forecast over the next few weeks .

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Feeders Filling Up

Its that time of the year now that the feeders empty on a daily bases , with more and more feeders being put out. Around 25 Lesser Redpoll's are regular on the trees around the feeders , along with daily visits from three Great Spotted Woodpeckers , two Nuthatch , several Coal , Blue and Great Tits . Three Jays are a daily sight but as yet are very nervous and fly at the slighist movement . Wren , Bullfinch , Chaffinch , Goldfinch and Collared Doves are ever present , and Redwing can be seen along the farm field from the window. Iam hoping again this year to attract our first Brambling with a flock not to far away there is always hope. The resident Buzzards are seen daily across the fields , on occasions five birds can be in the air together .

Friday, 7 November 2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

Emu update

The two young Emu's are now back with there owners after spending three days wandering around our wood ,both George and Mildrid wandered back home by themselves on friday .

Friday, 24 October 2014

Emu's

Re-identified as young Emu's they arrived in the wood on Wednesday and were still present yesterday and photographed well by Brian. Myself Tracey , Lisa and Martin saw them last night but alas their was no sign today .

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Well I Never

When you go down to the woods today your sure of a big surprise , well our neighbour Lisa was today when walking her dogs she was confronted by not one but two of these little beauties . I think they are young Rhea,s but stand corrected if anyone knows please say so. Thanks to Lisa for the photo,s which were taken on her mobile phone.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Back for the winter

The first Redwings of the autumn were seen today with 23 noted feeding on berry bushes in the farm field . Still present is a single Chiffchaff which now looks like it might overwinter . Also noted today a male Sparrowhawk and a single Raven over .

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail first record for the wood !!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

New Bird

A single Grey Wagtail was observed and photographed around the pond yesterday by Brian, this is the first record of this species at the site. Also a new moth was located this was a Sallow and was also the first record for the wood. A single Tawny Owl continues to call late evenings and early mornings.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Monday, 6 October 2014

Pale Tussock

Caterpillar of the Pale Tussock moth , this little fellow was photographed just in time as twenty four hours later it turned into a chrysalis

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Mild Weather

As the mild weather continues we still have a Chiffchaff in full song daily just outside the window , along with five Red Admirals on a sedum plant . Good numbers of Speckled Wood and Comma are around the wood along with three Common Darters and a single Southern Hawker . A Green Woodpecker was heard calling this morning from the edge of the wood and for now most of the fungus we have had over the past few weeks seem to be coming to an end .

(Red Admiral on sedum plant).

Monday, 22 September 2014

Late

Two very late Chiffchaff are still singing and enjoying the mild weather and several Swallows are around the farm buildings . Also still present are two Southern Hawkers and a single Common Darter . Red Admirals are increasing with good numbers seen around the wood along with a few Speckled Wood and Peacocks .

Sunday, 14 September 2014

And still they keep growing

And still they keep growing despite the dry weather more and more keep emerging.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Thursday, 11 September 2014

And still they keep coming.

And still they keep coming every corner you turn their seems to be more different species of fungus.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fungus Month

This is the time of year the wood comes alive with the various colours and shapes of fungus , around 20 different types have been photographed in the last couple of days . Below is a small selection of which some I can put a name too but others still remain a mystery .

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Harlequin Ladybird

A new ladybird has arrived in Britain , but not just any ladybird : this is the Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) , the most invasive ladybird on earth . It has a very variable appearance which can make it difficult to tell apart from our native ladybirds . It has already invaded much of northwest Europe and arrived in Britain summer 2004 . There are 46 species of ladybird resident in Britain and the recent arrival of the Harlequin Ladybird has the potential to jeopardise many of these . Very diverse Harlequin,s have strong dispersal capabilities and can be found in many places . Most commonly found on deciduous trees , such as lime , sycamore and maple , and on low growing plants such as nettles . They also inhabit reedbeds , coniferous woodland and crop systems . Like all ladybirds it undergoes a complete metamorphosis , pr-adult development takes about 14 to 20 days and adults begin to lay eggs after 5 days . A single female can lay over a thousand eggs . Harlequin Ladybirds feed most commonly on aphids , but have a wide food range also feeding on scale insects , the eggs and larvae of butterflies and moths .and many other small insects including other ladybirds , pollen , nectar , and sugary fluids including honeydew and the juice from ripe fruits .