Monthly Archives: January 2013

Waxwings in Ryhill and at Pugneys

Just answered the phone and as I approached the dining room window to pick up the receiver, I thought I could hear waxwings. Looking out of the window, there were 27 waxwings in the top of the oak tree in … Continue reading

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Winter arrives at Walton

Yesterday’s fabulous haw frost conditions continued today but this time with a sunrise, albeit a brief one, and Heather managed 5 minutes at Walton Hall with her camera before heading into work. Here is a really nice shot of a … Continue reading

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Goosander at Newmillerdam

Went out with the camera today and as I passed Newmillerdam, I noticed two drake goosander very close to the outfall opposite Beauly Cafe. I pulled into the car park but as soon as I stepped out of the car … Continue reading

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Waxwings at Redcats

Wow! Heavy hoar frost and cold temperatures today! As I drove down to my studio I noticed half a dozen waxwings in the trees at the entrance to Redcats factory at Crigglestone.

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Brockodale: Stinking Helibore

On a walk around Brockodale YWT reserve today, Colin Booker came across this fine example of stinking helibore (Helleborus foetidus), a local speciality plant which gets it’s name from the unpleasant odour given off when its leaves are crushed. Colin … Continue reading

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January Meeting

The first indoor meeting of 2013 was the AGM where, after the formal part of the meeting was over, president John Gardner spoke about the recent committee meeting, where a discussion of the peregrines on Wakefield cathedral took place and the result … Continue reading

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January meeting: AGM

The next meeting is the AGM on January 8th. While AGMs are a necessary evil and at many clubs are noted for being as dry as cabinet full of old moth specimens, the Wakefield Naturalists’ AGM breaks the mould with a … Continue reading

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Barn Owl at Cold Heindley

A barn owl was seen hunting the edge of the fields between Cold Heindley and Wintersett reservoir at dusk this evening.

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