Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Last few highlights of February

Wednesday 22nd : Sunshine & patchy cloud. WNW 5
A very gusty day around the old pit site produced my first Frog of the year...and a mass of spawn in a small pond on the Eastern side.

Friday 24th : Sunny. NW 3.
Haugh Rd Cemetery - A single Tree Bee was seen briefly nectaring on crocus (my first of the year).

Stubbbin - A significant increase in Frogs and Coltsfoot was coming into flower but not quite fully open.

High St Cemetery - Nice to see Lesser Celandines finally flowering.

Tuesday 28th - Sunshine & patchy Cloud. SW 2.
Garden : The only highlight was a Robin that was collecting fibres from the liner from one of last years hanging baskets.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

19th/20th February

Sunday 19th - Cloudy. SW 2.
Haugh Rd Cemetery : Grey Wagtail 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Harlequin Ladybird (several hibernating groups).

Monday 20th - Cloudy. W 2 > 6.
Garden : Green Woodpecker 1 (calling to N), Sparrowhawk 1 (female on hedge for several minutes).

Sunday, 19 February 2017

17th/18th February

Friday : Cloudy with Bright Spells. SW 1.
Garden - Buzzard 1 (circling to the SW). Goosander 4 N @ dusk (my first of the year).

Saturday : Sunshine & Patchy Cloud. SW 2.
Stubbin - Little Owl 1 (calling from farmland to the East of the site. My first of the year).
Haugh Rd Cemetery - Buzzard 1 (circling overhead). Greenfinch (my first of the year). Drone Fly 1 (my first of the year).

Friday, 17 February 2017

Thursday 16th February

Sunshine & Patchy Cloud. W/SW 2 > 4.
A day of firsts of the year ;

Garden - Canada Goose 15 SW.

Stubbin - Pheasant 1 (male), Siskin 1 (calling bird E), Yellowhammer 3 (singing males), Tawny Owl 1 (female calling from ivy covered tree on Chapel Walk @ 10am), Frog Spawn (first clumps noticed in small pond on E side of site), Early Moth 1 (male found deceased floating on same pond).

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday 14th February (Highlights)

Overnight Frost. Hazy Sunshine . SE 1.

Garden - Mute Swan 1 SW.

Stubbin (Eastern Edge)

                Larval mine of Aulagromyza hendeliana on Honeysuckle

High St Cemetery

Centipede sp
comatricha nigra (Pinhead Fungus)

Monday, 13 February 2017


Not had the motivation to go out over the last not seen a great deal apart from the following :
Buzzard - a fantastic sight of 8 birds circling together over the garden on 7th.
Brown Rat - 1 ran across the road as i was leaving the JCP in Rotherham town centre, this morning (my first of the year).
Buzzard - 3 birds circling over the garden during a sunny period this afternoon.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Monday 6th February

Overnight frost. Sunny. Clouding over from mid-afternoon. SE 1 >3.
Didn`t fancy going out did a bit of skywatching from my bedroom window.....Here`s the highlights ;
Great Black-backed Gull 3 SW with several Herring Gulls.
Kestrel 1 N.
Buzzard 1 N.