1 Calendar Year 2019

January (Week 1 – 5)

A good start to the year with mild weather for the first half of the Month, with cold and mild weather continuing from mid month onward, weeks 4 and 5 however winter returned with minus temps frost and snow, bringing with it the return of the Fieldfare and Redwing flocks

The months highlights were c60 Pink footed Geese going in a West/South West direction on the 21st at 12:15pm, Goldcrest (2), Treecreeper (1) but week 5 brought a bird I hadn’t seen on the patch for 12 years, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a single bird and all to briefly despite extensive searching, a sighting that is going to be hard to beat over the coming year

26 bird species were seen giving a welcome start to the New Year :-

Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Pink footed Geese, Redwing, Siskin, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon, Wren (26)

Frosty days

February (Week 6- 9)

The mild weather returned for the beginning of the month but it brought with it plenty of rain and wind. Mild weather continued into the middle of the month with temperatures into double figures, unseasonal, but it did bring a settled dry spell.

Most of the highlights happened in week 9 due to record temperatures hitting the country recording highs in most areas of 20° C plus. Bird highlights were 6 Common Buzzards in the air together, a Sparrowhawk was seen and a lone Redwing. We also had the appearance of a couple of species of Butterfly these were Comma and Small Tortoiseshell

26 bird species seen for the Month (33 Year) :-

Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Wagtail, Jackdaw, Jay, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Redwing, Robin, Rook, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon

Comma

Comma

March (10 – 13)

First week of March lived up the saying that it “comes in like a Lion and goes out like a lamb”  with storm Freya hitting the UK….here’s hoping it does go out like a lamb

The Lion raged on in the middle of the month with storms moving thru , turned out to be very wet and windy

Highlights in March were Common Gulls flying thru, pair of Mallard at the pond, 20th produced the first summer migrant in the form of a returning Chiffchaff, and a few butterflies were on the wing as March goes out like a lamb (Comma, Small Tortoiseshell)

April should see the return of many summer migrants

22 Bird species seen for the Month (36 Year) :-

Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common Gull, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Robin, Rook, Woodpigeon, Wren

April (14 – 18)

First week of the month (Week 14) brought back a cold snap, hence the insects went back into hibernation, however at the beginning of the week due to a slight warm moment a couple of Tree Bumblebees were found (new species for site)..The highlights of the first week was a Stock Dove flying thru, Goldfinch back on site and the Chiffchaff seems to have found a mate with two now on site, we wait for the arrival of more summer migrants lets hope we start to get some southerly winds

Blackcaps (2) arrived during Week 15 a week which was mainly dry with sunny intervals, the Chiffchaff pair were also seen along with Common Buzzard and a very vocal Nuthatch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen excavating a nest hole, then seen regularly in the same area.

A few butterflies appeared at the end of week 15 these being Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell , also along with the years first Orange tips. A Bee-Fly was also of note

22 Bird species seen for the Month (39 Year) :-

Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Robin, Rook, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Wren

Butterflies (4 Year) :-

Orange tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell

Tree Bumblebee (used with permission from G.Bond)

Tree Bumblebee-