After a hectic summer I have now found some time to get the trail cameras out again. I have positioned one of them under a bridge by the River Rye where I have seen otter prints.
It turns out this is a popular spot for lots of our nocturnal mammals to hang out. There [...]
The summer continued throughout September and my decision to take some time off work for the last week of the trout fishing season really paid off. Although water levels were a bit low, with some extra caution there was still plenty of action to be had. The fish were making the most of the late [...]
Brambling – Fringilla montifringilla
We’ve had a couple of bramblings hanging around the garden for the past few days and they are feasting on our sunflower seeds. You can see in the video how easily they turn the seeds in their bills as they apply pressure to get at the heart of the seed.
Insect attractor of the week – Goldenrod
Early September is a great time for insects in the garden and a special mention (as always) has to go to the Buddleia which was bent over double under the weight of butterflies. The Bronze Fennel has been doing very well attracting hoverflies for weeks, but last month’s [...]
Mullien moth caterpillar
I’m not sure where the mullien seed came from as I don’t have any in the garden but was happy to see one growing in the corner of my veg patch. This particular caterpillar is specific to this plant (hence the name of the adult moth) so it shows how important [...]
I have just spent an overcast morning deleting files from my camera which I have amassed throughout the summer. I thought I should share a few snippets before they are deleted forever.
I spent several wonderful evenings this summer watching a pair of peregrines successfully rear and fledge two chicks. Including some amazing [...]
At last some sunny weather but the only problem now is what to do after work. Should I walk the dog, do a bit of gardening, cut the grass, weed the vegetable patch, go birding, check the peregrines, go to the pub or watch Springwatch? Well it’s always a difficult decision but last night I [...]
Ryedale Natural History Society – ‘An evening moorland walk around Blakey’ led by Ken Hutchinson
This Wednesday evening 24th April Ryenats have their first outdoor field trip of the year on the moors at Blakey. We will be meeting at The Lion Inn at 6.30pm to have a short walk specifically looking for ‘moorland birds’ (we will [...]
I know that ‘Buck Fallow & the Corn Hopper’ sounds like a Country & Western duo! Well it’s not, so please don’t be put off reading this….
….I had been noticing lots of deer action around the corn bins in my local wood. I had also been seeing lots of deer droppings which were full of [...]