Due to the new Covid-19 variant I find myself once again shielding due to the national lockdown as from the 5th January
When I’m back at work Nature on a Lunch Break will re-appear in some form, in the mean time keep safe, stay at home, Stay Local and I’ll see you in nature soon
Well Its good to be back on site eventually, thanks mainly to the vaccine. The months of January and February were missed so hears the nature news as from March.
March (Week 9 – 12)
The month stated slow due too the bad weather, wind/rain and cold, but by mid-month things were becoming more spring like. The 17th was a great day, a year to the day that I went into shielding, a record count of Eight Buzzards in the air riding the thermals together and a single Male Sparrowhawk thrown in as well, welcome back :))
The 20th saw the arrival of the first spring migrant in the form of a Chiffchaff, glad to see returning birds. The same week saw a pair of returning Grey Wagtails on the brook, along with a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also this week in the nearby wood were Goldfinch and Long tailed Tits. On the 30th a Blackcap was on site, this being the first March record here.
Primrose, Wood Anemone, Lesser celandine, Leaves budding, things are starting to return from there winter slumber
Last week of March produced a couple of warm days which resulted in the first Butterflies of the year being seen, Peacock being the first for the year followed by a Comma, with Small Tortoiseshell later that week
Bird List :- Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Wagtail, Jackdaw, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Robin, Rook, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Woodpigeon, Wren (26)
Butterflies :- Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell
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April (Weeks 14 – 17)
April started off on a very cold spell with temperatures going back down to the zero mark and to say we were getting temperatures up to 20° the previous month I was a little bit in shock, winter coat back on. Week 15 saw sunny and dry weather with the temps struggling into the teens, but where it did a few insects were encouraged to come out.
Bird species resulted in plenty of common species about with Blackcaps and Chiffchaff the returning migrants to site. Goldcrest and Stock Dove were a nice bonus to the species count for the year, Buzzards were seen and heard on the sunnier days.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker nest hole was found and on occasion a Woodpecker could be heard ‘tapping’ away inside as it excavated the hole ready for the young. Looking forward to watching the site during the breeding months.
Butterflies for the month included Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, with the 15th of the month seeing the first Orange-tips on the wing
Bird List : Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Raven, Robin, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Wren (21) (30 for the Year)
Butterflies : Comma, Orange tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell
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