Monthly Archives: August 2014

Buzzards on the move

A few years ago, buzzard would have been a remarkable sighting in Wakefield but now it is a common place bird. Today though, it became a garden tick for me while doing a bit of pruning. Overhead I heard a … Continue reading

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Elephant hawk moths in Wrenthorpe

Two elephant hawk moth caterpillars were spotted today somewhat risking their lives making their way along a friend’s driveway at Wrenthorpe.  At this time of year they can be seen during the day looking for a hideaway in low vegetation … Continue reading

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Birding notes from Stanley Ferry

On Sunday 24/8/14 two common redstarts on the re-claimed Parkhill Pit restored area just above Stanley Ferry Flash along with southern hawker. On Monday 25/8/14 in the rain at Birkwood Farm three late swifts over south-east, Two spotted flycatchers and … Continue reading

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Ledsham Vale late summer flowers

It was a bright, sunny day with a hint of autumn for our visit to the vale.   Corn sowthistle, rough hawksbit, both black and white bryony, creeping buttercup and cross-wort lined the pathway into the vale.   Harebells blew gently amongst … Continue reading

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August field meeting cancelled

Due to the imminent threat of Hurricane Bertha arriving anytime now, we have decided to call off this morning’s meeting to Adel Dam. It looks as though it would have been a pretty wet and windy walk had we gone … Continue reading

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Wildflowers at Walton Colliery

The ground was very dry underfoot as we headed straight ahead out of the car park onto a well used path bordered by purple loosestrife and great willowherb mingling with the bright yellow of perennial sow-thistle. Gatekeeper and meadow brown … Continue reading

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