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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.

 

 

JANUARY 2021

 

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.

 

 

DECEMBER 2020

 

Diary Entry December 25 Weather 1.2C Min, 6.2C Max. Sunny with winds from the North West averaging 1.38 MPH and gusting to 13.80 Max with no rain. A chilly but sunny visit to Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve and the Hawk and Owl Trust Somerset with a Christmas picnic lunch in the Barbara Handley hide.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cattle Egret, Chaffinch, Coot, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great White Egret, Greylag Goose, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Raven, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Starling, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Other Sightings: Rabbits

 

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Diary Entry December 22 Weather 7.7C Min, 11.4C Max. Cloudy with winds from the West averaging 1.1 MPH and gusting to 13.3 Max with 1.5mm of rain.

 

A day tidying the borders in the garden and was surprised to encounter a Bumble Bee and Common Frog.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2020

 

Diary Entry November 22 Weather 4.7C Min, 11.2C Max. Partly cloudy with winds from the West averaging 0.3 MPH and gusting to 11.2 Max with no rain. A misty start and not so pleasant visit to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset with a picnic lunch at Thirty Acre Lake, too many dog walkers.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Raven, Robin, Shoveler, Snipe, Song Thrush, Starling, Wigeon, Woodpigeon and Wren.

 

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Diary Entry November 04 Weather 0.8C Min, 13.2C Max. Sunny with winds from the North West averaging 0.10 MPH and gusting to 13.2 Max with no rain. A very pleasant and sunny visit to Catcott Nature Reserve Somerset with a picnic lunch at the Amphitheatre whilst watching butterflies and dragonflies making the most of the sunshine.

A chilly start requiring the de-icing of the north facing car before setting off. On arrival the car park hide at Catcott was full of non-social distancing Somerset Wildlife members, not that we wished to enter the hide as more could be seen from outside.   

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chiffchaff, Cormorant, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Goldfinch, Herring Gull, Hobby, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Starling, Teal, Wigeon, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Peacock, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood.

Dragonflies Sighted: Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2020

 

Diary Entry October 27 Weather 7.9C Min, 14.1C Max. Cloudy with winds from the South West averaging 3.7 MPH and gusting to 26.4 Max with 5.6mm of rain.

A day in the armchair looking out of the rain spotted patio door watching the increased bird activity on and around the garden bird feeders, bird bath and pond.

A least 6 Blackbirds turning over the leaf litter and squabbling over access to the bird bath. The bath gets so much use these days that it often needs refilling twice daily especially after the Blackbirds have visited.

Why are Robins so aggressive towards Dunnocks?

   Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Robin, Song Thrush and Wood Pigeon.

 

 

Diary Entry October 14 Weather 8.9C Min, 15.0C Max. Sunny with scattered clouds winds from the North North East  averaging 5.3 MPH and gusting to 19.6 Max with no rain. A pleasant but windy visit to Kings Wood and Crooke Peak, Cross, Somerset starting at the National Trust Kings Wood Car park and return with a picnic lunch at the peak.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Pheasant, Raven, Robin, Stonechat and Woodpigeon.

Butterflies Sighted: Peacock.

Other Sightings: Grey Squirrel and Stoat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diary Entry October 11 Weather 9.1C Min, 15.8C Max. Sunny with scattered clouds winds from the North North West averaging 1.0 MPH and gusting to 14.9 Max with no rain. A pleasant visit to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset with a picnic lunch at Thirty Acre Lake.

Birds Sighted: Bearded Tit, Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, House Martin, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Peregrine, Pintail, Raven, Robin, Shoveler, Stonechat, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Comma, Small Copper, Small White and Speckled Wood.

Dragonflies Sighted: Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.

 

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Diary Entry October 07 Weather 10.7C Min, 15.9C Max. Cloudy with winds from the West averaging 2.6 MPH and gusting to 17.0 Max with no rain.

Another wander along the Land Yeo bank down to the Clevedon Sea Defences and return making the most of a dry interlude in the weather.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Curlew, Dunnock, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Linnet, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Robin, Shelduck, Sparrow Hawk, Starling, Swallow, Wheatear and Wood Pigeon.

Butterflies Sighted: Peacock.

 

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