Saturday, 2 February 2019

On this day 2 February 2019

I had hoped to do my first bird list for the year but with the temperature of -2 it was not the best day  to start recording.

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 Despite the sunshine and four layers  of clothing it was to cold even for me....

The most bird spotted was the male Blackbird rummaging the the leaves looking for bugs.

Blackbird is an omnivore (it eats plants and meat). Its diet is based on insects, worms, slugs, seed, fruit and berries. Blackbird occasionally eats small amphibians and lizards.

Some subspecies of blackbirds are able to mimic sounds of cats, humans and other birds. They also produce various alarm calls to alert other members of the group about upcoming danger.

There is a areas still covered in a small amount of snow were the sun has not reached, on Kirk Lane park good numbers of Goldfinch can be heard deep among the trees next to the bowling green.

Trees along the football pitch mainly Birch, to the right of these trees that line the entrance to the park.

With a small hedge of Hawthorn, these Silver Birch trees with their catkins are a good feeding spot for the smaller birds. A odd Blue tit was spotted but this pair of Coal tits were making a lot of fuss .

Only weighing 8 to 10 grams and about 11 cm long you have to wonder how these small birds survive the winter.
(i was soooo cold )

I did spot a male Bullfinch near the boggy bit , where the Willow trees grow, no photo.

Carrion crow

The good new so far this year is that " Mummy" swan has returned with a new male, sadly here mate died last year (reason un-known) . The Friends of Nunroyd Park group looked after her, by feeding and bringing in new nesting material. I think she was on three eggs and managed to successfully raise two of them on her own. The group were very excited to see her return. The leg tag confirms it is the same bird.

The wind howled across the pond and my face has stopped responding, I walked back onto Kirk Lane and called at the cafe, I need to call here more often it was lovely.

Bird list for today

House Sparrow
Wood Pigeon
Carrion Crow
Blue tit
Coal tit
Mute swan
Black headed-gull

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Herring Gull

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This was the first recording of a Herring Gull at the park, a odd one can be seen flying round the area.

Sunday, 18 November 2018


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18 November 2018* (New bird for the park list) Kirk Lane

Similar in size and shape to the chaffinch, the male brambling has a black head in summer, and an orange breast with white belly. In flight it shows a long white rump. Gregarious in winter, it may form flocks of many thousands and often joins with chaffinches. Numbers can vary between winters depending on food supplies. It is a Schedule 1 species.
Read more at RSPB
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Common striped woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum)

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Philoscia muscorum, the common striped woodlouse or fast woodlouse

This medium sized species (to 11mm) with a stepped body outline bearing a distinctive dark dorsal strip, runs rapidly when disturbed.  The antennae have three flagella segments and it lacks pleopodal lungs.

Confusion is most likely with Ligidium hypnorum (flagella of numerous bead-like segments) or Porcellionides cingendus (flagella of two segments, plus two pairs of pleopodal lungs). Orange colour forms have been mistaken for Androniscus dentiger.

It has recently become apparent that a second species of Philoscia - P. affinis - also occurs in Britain.


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14 November 2018*

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Thursday, 15 November 2018


15 November 2018
4 January 2016

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

On this day 11 November 2018

The Park List consists of two Parks, Kirk lane and Nunroyed they are joined together by a dirt road that has small holdings at one end at allotments at the other. I would say Kirk lane is a formal park with it's play area and cut grass. But on Nunroyd there is a pond, they leave the grass to grow wild through the summer, and running through the far end is a little stream lined with a mix of trees.

The path that leads on to Kirk Lane from the main road is flanked with a Hawthorn hedge, here lives a small group of House Sparrows. Very pleased to get some photos today as they are usually hiding behind the Hawthorn.

The next tree I check out is the Yew, next to the Bowling green also lined with bushes. The birds have been stripping this tree of it's berries for the past few weeks, not many left now.

Nuthatch, Blackbird, Blue tit, Greenfinch, and Chaffinch here today.

He had lost his tail feathers, still could fly OK and they will grow back.

The trees looked a stunning colour, it looked like one Cherry Blossom tree had lost all it's leaves in one go!

Eastern larch/Tree

Tamarack tree, or Eastern larch, is among the few conifers that lose their leaves in the Fall. They do so gracefully, taking on a beautiful fall coloration beforehand. The tamarack, native throughout northern North America, is underappreciated as a landscape tree. It is at least as interesting as many of the imported species often used in its place.­ ­

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)/ Tree

Value to wildlife

The Caledonian Forest is a priority habitat under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and is home to rare species such as the creeping lady’s tresses and lesser twayblade orchids, the Scottish wood ant and Rannoch looper, and the capercaillie, crested tit and Scottish crossbill. Mammals include the red squirrel, pine marten and Scottish wildcat. 

Commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I. This year marks 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.
I had a walk over the the Memorial garden on Nunroyd.

Goosesanders still feeding on the pond.

                        Copper Beach Tree (Fagus Sylvatica )