The great spotted woodpeckers make such a mess when they are eating nuts from the feeders that there are always a few birds hanging about on the ground below waiting to take advantage. Normally it’s chaffinches, blackbirds, robins and the compulsory pheasant or ten. This morning it was a surprise to see a treecreeper dodging the aggressive tits to benefit [...]
It is a year ago this week since I started my Wild Ryedale blog. I have spent most of the year concerned that I don’t post regularly enough. Overall on reflection and looking back through the video gallery I am really pleased with the content over the first year. I have shied away from just [...]
Probably the least exciting video I have ever posted but it is my very first Hawfinch sighting so it is memorable for me.
It has been seen a few times over the past two weeks around the churchyard in Ampleforth so I decided to go and have a quick look. I didn’t really think there [...]
It is not my normal nature & wildlife content but it was quite wild and it was in Ryedale.
Last Saturday after snow ploughing my drive so I could get out, a friend and I ventured out to a hidden valley between Old Byland and Hawnby. I usually manage to get a few quick [...]
As promised, here is some more Bushnell wildlife camera footage taken on the banks of the River Rye.
I think there are two different otters. A larger mature otter rolling in the snow followed by a fox sniffing and scent marking where the otter has been rolling. Then a smaller juvenile otter comes along [...]
For the past week or so I have had a Bushnell wildlife camera on the entrance to the artificial otter holt that we have installed at work. These are some of the first images that we have caught. Hopefully we will get more in the New Year but in the meantime here is a sneaky peak at [...]
They cost me a fortune but I have missed them…..
…..After advice from the ‘bird ringing’ team that there was evidence of a ‘great tit pox’ in the local area we haven’t been feeding for the past month.
All the feeders, bird tables and bird bath have been thoroughly cleaned (using CJ’s Biological [...]
As mentioned in a previous post I have been experimenting with infra-red motion sensor wildlife cameras over the last couple of months. It has taken a few weeks to work out where to position them and which settings to use and so far with only limited success. However, since putting one of the [...]
It would be great to have a proper mothtrap but at the moment I get by with my ‘hi-tech’ white sheet. The sheet is tied up between the drain pipe and my pheasant hanging hook; directly underneath the outside light.
I then pop out occasionally and catch any moths into an insect jar then [...]
The spindle goes pretty much unnoticed for the most of the year but when October comes around; this tree, shrub or bush (call it what you will) really comes into its own.
Its leaves turn quickly from lush green through to peach and then a deep [...]