Author Archives: Pauline Brook

Urban Birding

For those who like to observe wildlife close to home, here are a few sightings from Chantry Bridge. My first visit at the end of April found a male goosander alongside the common species such as 20+ mallard, which included six … Continue reading

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Red-necked grebe on the Calder

A few recent sightings include a red-necked grebe today on the Rover Calder by Chantry Chapel and a red admiral in my garden in Outwood on 20th October. From a few weeks ago, 51 curlew at Altofts on September 25th

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Excitement at Altofts

A lot of fuss in the sky attracted my attention and there were four lapwings mobbing a red kite! (And it was on the Wakefield side of the M62,- tho’ only just!). I also heard skylark singing, saw a small tortoiseshell, … Continue reading

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The first colt’s-foot of the year?

First colt’s-foot of the year – one plant with three buds just showing yellow on the disused railway line in Outwood. Has anyone else had any yet?

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Wildflowers at Bretton Country Park

The old nature reserve around the top lake at Bretton is always a beautiful place to visit at this time of year. There are swathes of bluebells and greater stitchwort interspersed with yellow archangel and red campion giving a most … Continue reading

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Curlews at Altofts

A short walk along the towpath at Altofts this morning produced 70+ curlew [with starlings] feeding in the farm fields to the left [south] side of the path.

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Holly blue in Wakefield gardens

A very good butterfly day in my garden located centrally in Wakefield – speckled wood, orange tip were numerous and one or two holly blue.  

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