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Diary & Latest WILDLIFE Sightings

A diary of Garden Wildlife Sightings and Out And About Wildlife Sightings sighted mainly in North Somerset.

More information about these sightings can be found by using the appropriate Garden Wildlife Sightings or Out And About Wildlife Sightings links.

The information includes images, how often seen, when last seen, where seen (in the case of Out And About Wildlife Sightings ) and notes.

Wildlife seen daily may no-longer be reported in the Diary.

 

 

MARCH 2021

 

Adhering to the stay local instructions mostly garden observations in the diary again this month as the Covid lockdown continues.

 

Diary Entry March 29 Weather 6.7C Min, 17.0C Max, Sunny, winds from the South at 2.4 MPH gusting to 17.0 Max with no rain.

 

First appearance of a Brimstone Butterfly in the garden this year.

 

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Diary Entry March 22 Weather 2.2C Min, 12.3C Max, Sunny periods, winds from the South, South West at 0.6 MPH gusting to 7.6 Max with no rain.

 

Comma Butterfly seen basking in the garden for the first time this year. Cowslips starting to flower.

 

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FEBRUARY 2021

 

 Mostly garden observations in the diary this month as the Covid lockdown continues.

 

This month saw colour return to the garden courtesy firstly of Snowdrops, followed by Crocus, Violets, Daffodils, Primrose, Polyanthus, Pulmonaria and finally Hyacinth. Before the month end most of the Snowdrops had finished flowering.

 

Diary Entry February 28 Weather 2.6C Min, 11.3C Max., Sunny, winds from the North North East averaging 2.6 MPH and gusting to 14.4 Max. with no rain. A walk along Wemberham Lane, Yatton and the Congresbury Yeo and return with a picnic lunch at Phipps Bridge Sluice. Again very little wildlife but plenty of humans and dogs and Smart Systems and Stowells manufacturing facilities, continue to consume green space at an alarming rate. Canoeists and Paddle Boarders have it appears found the Congresbury Yeo an ideal water course to engage in their activities. If nothing else the covid pandemic has highlighted just how overpopulated this country and the world has become and given us an opportunity to address this problem.

Of the little wildlife encountered the only species worth mentioning were a Great White Egret and Little Egret.

 

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Diary Entry February 27 Weather 1.1C Min, 11.9C Max., Sunny with scattered clouds, winds from the North North East averaging 1.0 MPH and gusting to 9.1 Max. with no rain. An afternoon visit to Walton Common Nature Reserve, Clevedon, North Somerset. Very little wildlife but plenty of humans and dogs.

 

Diary Entry February 16 Weather 6.4C Min, 12.8C Max, Cloudy, winds from the South, South West at 2.5 MPH gusting to 7.9 Max with rain showers.

The Song Thrush returns to the garden and Frogs are spawning in the garden pond in greater numbers and a couple of weeks earlier than last year.

 

 

 

Diary Entry February 01 Weather 2.2C Min, 5.2C Max, Cloudy, winds from the North, North East at 1.4 MPH gusting to 14.3 Max with rain.

The Green Woodpecker returns to the garden again.

 

 

JANUARY 2021

 

Diary Entry January 29 Weather 7.0C Min, 10C Max, Cloudy, winds from the West at 5.5 MPH gusting to 21.1 Max with rain showers.

It's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch weekend.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird 2, Blackcap 1, Black Headed Gull 3, Carrion Crow 2, Collared Dove 2, Dunnock 1, Herring Gull 2, House Sparrow 6, Jackdaw 2, Magpie 1, Mallard 2, Moorhen 1, Mute Swan 2, Robin 1, Woodpigeon 3 and Wren 1.

 

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Diary Entry January 10 Weather -1.7C Min, 6.2C Max. Cloudy with winds from the West.

 

Here are a couple of images of the rarer visitors to the garden today.

 

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Diary Entry January 02 Weather -0.8C Min, 4.4CMax. Cloudy with winds from the North.

Subject to Covid restrictions again, stuck indoors and an untimely appearance of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly from my airing cupboard made my day. Despite attempts to feed it and return it to its place of hibernation it unfortunately failed to survive and get to see the outdoors again as did the one in the image below.

 

 

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Diary Entry January 01 Weather -3.3C Min, 4.8C Max. Cloudy with winds from the North, North East with light rain. A chilly visit to Blagdon Lake but unfortunately weather conditions prevented our planned picnic lunch and walk around the lake.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Common Sandpiper, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Great Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Pochard, Robin, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon and Wren.

 

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