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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.

 

 

 

MAY 2020

 

May's Weather with 5.0mm of rainfall and 25 rain free days was brighter, drier and windier than April.

May 01 was the wettest day with 1.78mm of rainfall.

 

May's average daily high temperature was 19.4C

May's average daily low temperature was 9.1C

May 31 produced the highest temperature of 27.1C Max.

May 12 produced the lowest temperature of 1.2C Min.

 

May's average wind direction was from the South South East with an average daily wind speed of 2.7 MPH.

May's average daily wind gust was 3.3 MPH.

May 11 produced the highest wind speed of 27.2 MPH.

 

May's average daily UV Index was 6.47

May 14 produced the highest daily UV Index of 8.2

May 3 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 2.5

 

 

Diary Entry May 30 Weather 12.7C Min, 26.8C Max. Sunny with winds from the West averaging 1.70 MPH and gusting to 12.90 Max. still no rain.

Back in the parched garden and the first sighting of a Scarce Chaser loitering around the garden pond.

 

 

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Diary Entry May 29 Weather 10.8C Min, 26.4C Max., Sunny with winds from the East averaging 1.20 MPH and gusting to 16.40 Max. and still no rain. First visit of 2020  to Stock Hill and Priddy Mineries, Somerset with a picnic lunch at Mineries Pool whilst observing Emperor Dragonflies, House Martins and Swallows.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Coot, House Martin, Jackdaw, Linnet, Magpie, Nightjar, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Skylark, Swallow, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, and  Woodpigeon.

Butterflies Sighted: Comma, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Marsh Fritillary, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Blue Tailed and Large Red.

Dragonflies Sighted: Broad Bodied Chaser, Emperor, Four Spotted Chaser and Hairy.

Moths Sighted: Chimney Sweeper, Cinnabar and Forester.

Other Sightings: Common Lizard and Slow Worm.

 

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Diary Entry May 26 Weather 12.6C Min, 26.1C Max. Sunny with winds from the West averaging 1.50 MPH and gusting to 12.90 Max. with no rain.

A day back in the parched garden and the first sighting of a Hairy Dragonfly in the garden, also the sighting of a Broad Bodied Chaser and Blue Tailed Damselfly inspecting the garden pond.

 

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Diary Entry May 25 Weather 8.0C Min, 23.2C Max. Sunny with winds from the West averaging 1.10 MPH and gusting to 9.30 Max with no rain. A walk along Wemberham Lane, Yatton and the Congresbury Yeo with a picnic lunch at Phipps Bridge Sluice.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Starling, Swallow, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Speckled Wood.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Blue Tailed, Banded Demoiselle and Emerald.

Dragonflies Sighted: Broad Bodied Chaser, Emperor, Four Spot Chaser and Hairy.

 

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Diary Entry May 20 Weather 8.7C Min, 25.7C Max. Sunny with winds from the West South West averaging 0.93 MPH and gusting to 12.70 Max with no rain. A visit to Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve and the Hawk and Owl Trust

 Somerset in glorious sunshine with a picnic lunch overlooking the levels and Glastonbury Tor.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Cap, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Herring Gull, House Martin, Jackdaw, Jay, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Robin, Starling, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren. Bittern and Cuckoo heard.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Common Blue, Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Speckled Wood.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Banded Demoiselle and Blue Tailed,

Dragonflies Sighted: Broad Bodied Chaser, Four Spot Chaser and Hairy.

 

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Diary Entry May 12 Weather 1.2C Min, 14.7C Max. Sunny with winds from the North West averaging 1.30 MPH and gusting to 13.40 Max with no rain.

Pottering in the garden my attention was drawn to the Land Yeo by the sound of a splash. Looking over the hedge I saw three Mallards taking flight and unusual for the river a Mandarin duck staring back at me, the first that I have seen on the Land Yeo although I previously have heard of reports of this species occasionally being seen on the river. It paddled off towards Clevedon town centre only to be seen 6 hours later making its return journey towards the sea..

 

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Diary Entry May 07 Weather 8.2C Min, 23.6C Max. Sunny periods with winds from the North North West averaging 0.8 MPH and gusting to 14.0 Max with no rain.

In the garden this morning planting out my Tomato plants and the last of my Runner Bean plants. Spotted a female Blackbird carrying nesting material into the Beech hedge. A female Blackbird which was seen building a nest in the Euonymus was found dead in my 'Secret Garden' a couple of days ago so I assume that the male must of paired with a new female, can't be sure as there are numerous Blackbirds which frequent the garden.

 

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Managed to escape from the garden in the afternoon for a little exercise cycling to and around Kingston Seymour via the Clevedon Sea Defences and return.

More people than yesterday walking and cycling on the sea defences. Most were observing social distancing unlike the person who lives near my home who for the third time in a week was seen socializing and drinking in their garden with persons who do not live at that address.

 

 

Diary Entry May 06 Weather 5.0C Min, 20.4C Max. Sunny with winds from the East averaging 1.4 MPH and gusting to 12.7 Max with no rain.

Managed to escape from the garden again for a little exercise walking along the Land Yeo bank down to the Clevedon Sea Defences and return.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Little Egret, Mallard, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Rockpipit, Shelduck, Skylark, Starling, Swallow, Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Speckled Wood.

 

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Diary Entry May 04 Weather 10.1C Min, 19.3C Max. Sunny with winds from the East averaging 3.06 MPH and gusting to 16.8 Max with no rain.

Back in the garden again and the first sighting this year of a Swift, must of taken advantage of the southerly winds yesterday.

 

 

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APRIL 2020

 

April's Weather  with 33.8mm of rainfall and 23 rain free days was considerably brighter, drier and less windy than March.

April 17 was the wettest day with 9.4mm of rainfall.

 

April's average daily high temperature was 17.7C

April's average daily low temperature was 7.1C

April 11 produced the highest temperature of 25.1C Max.

April 01 produced the lowest temperature of 0.5C Min.

 

April's average wind direction was from the East South East with an average daily wind speed of 2.3 MPH.

April's average daily wind gust was 2.9 MPH.

April 21 produced the highest wind speed of 25.7 MPH.

 

April's average daily UV Index was 5.4

April 26 produced the highest daily UV Index of 6.6

April 17 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.9

 

 

Diary Entry April 23 Weather 7.9C Min, 21.5C Max. Sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 3.3 MPH and gusting to 14.0 Max with no rain.

Out of the garden for a little afternoon exercise walking from home to Walton Common Nature Reserve via Ladye Bay, the Clevedon to Portishead Coastal Path and return, a 7 mile round trip. Few people were encountered and when necessary social distancing was practiced.

 

Please can the Avon Wildlife Trust confiscate their workers and volunteers chain saws before they have felled all the trees and removed all the vegetation on the common. The wildlife habitation continues to fall whilst they continue to apply their management to the common.

 

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Buzzard, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Curlew, Dunnock, Great Tit, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Magpie, Robin, Swallow, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White and Speckled Wood.

 

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Diary Entry April 19 Weather 9.4C Min, 17.2C Max. Sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 3.1 MPH and gusting to 18.2 Max with no rain.

Back in the garden again and the first sighting this year of a damselfly which happened to be a Large Red.

 

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Diary Entry April 16 Weather 6.4C Min, 21.8C Max. Sunny with winds from the North East averaging 1.0 MPH and gusting to 13.2 Max with no rain.

Our annual springtime visit to Charterhouse , Blackmoor Reserve and The Forest of Avon, Somerset where Dandelion flowers were gathered for winemaking from the Hazel Manor woodland.

(So we broke the guidelines for driving to a place to exercise but we encountered nobody whilst gathering Dandelion flowers, more than we can say about exercising by walking along the Clevedon Sea Defences as we did yesterday.)

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Coot, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Raven, Robin, Swallow, Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Speckled Wood.

 

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Diary Entry April 15 Weather 2.5C Min, 19.2C Max. Sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 0.9 MPH and gusting to 12.7 Max with no rain.

Managed to escape from the garden again for a little exercise walking along the Land Yeo bank down to the Clevedon Sea Defences and returning via the Blind Yeo.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Little Egret, Moorhen, Rockpipit, Shelduck, Skylark, Starling, Wood Pigeon and Wren.

 

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Diary Entry April 08 Weather 10.5C Min, 21.8C Max. Mostly sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 0.8 MPH and gusting to 7.8 Max with no rain.

Another pleasant day in this time in the 'secret garden' cutting the grass and trimming the hedge being careful to avoid the cowslips and polyanthus growing in the grass.

A good day for butterflies with the first sighting in the garden this year of an Orange Tip Butterfly and more sightings of a Brimstone, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small White and Speckled Wood and more Bee Flies.

 

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While trimming the hedge which follows the bank of the Land Yeo my attention was drawn to activity on and in the river, looking down a Mallard duck accompanied by at least 21 ducklings came into view. Continuing to watch my eyes caught sight of 3 Pike which appeared to be shadowing the ducklings progress up stream.

 

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Later, at dusk the first sighting this year of Bats circling the garden pond and garden searching for and feeding on flying insects.  

 

 

Diary Entry April 07 Weather 3.8C Min, 16.7C Max. Hazy sunshine with winds from the North North West averaging 0.8 MPH and gusting to 7.8 Max with no rain.

Another pleasant day in the garden cutting the grass and trimming the Holly bush.

 First sighting in the garden this year of a Holly Blue Butterfly and more sightings of a Small White Butterfly and Bee Flies.

 

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Diary Entry April 06 Weather 6.0C Min, 14.9C Max. Sunny with winds from the West South West averaging 2.1 MPH and gusting to 17.3 Max with 0.48mm of overnight rain.

Another pleasant day in the garden sorting the overwintered Fuchsia and Pelargonium cuttings ready for planting out. Blue Bells in the border were seen in flower.

 First sighting in the garden this year of a Speckled Wood Butterfly. More sightings of Brimstone, Peacock and Small White Butterflies and Bee Flies.

 

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Later for exercise I made an excursion on bicycle to Kingston Seymour via the Clevedon Sea Defences where Skylark, Lapwing and Shelduck were sighted.

 

 

Diary Entry April 04 Weather 5.8C Min, 14.5C Max. Sunny with winds from the North East averaging 2.0 MPH and gusting to 14.5 Max with no rain.

First sightings in the garden this year of a Swallow and more sightings of Peacock and Red Admiral Butterflies and Bee Flies.

 

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Diary Entry April 02 Weather 7.4C Min, 11.7C Max. Sunny with winds from the West averaging 3.8 MPH and gusting to 14.8 Max with no rain.

Another pleasant day in the garden making the most of the social distancing necessary because of the covid-19 pandemic. Spent the time sowing Runner Bean and Tomato seeds and  managed to pull the first Rhubarb of the year.

Managed to escape from the garden for a little exercise walking along the Land Yeo bank down to the Clevedon Sea Defences and returning via the Blind Yeo.

 

 

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MARCH 2020

 

March's Weather with 66.3mm of rainfall and 14 rain free days was brighter, considerably drier and slightly less windy than February.

March 15 was the wettest day with 15.24mm of rainfall.

 

March's average daily high temperature was 11.3C

March's average daily low temperature was 4.1C

March 25 produced the highest temperature of 17.5C Max.

March 06 produced the lowest temperature of -0.1C Min.

 

March's Average wind direction was from the South South East with a daily average wind speed of 3.8 MPH.

March's average daily wind gust was 4.7 MPH.

March 28 produced the highest wind speed of 31.7 MPH.

 

March's average daily UV Index was 3.9

March 30 produced the highest daily UV Index of 5.4

March 19 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.5

 

 

Diary Entry March 23 Weather 3.4C Min, 14.5C Max. Sunny with winds from the North East averaging 2.0 MPH and gusting to 14.5 Max with no rain.

A pleasant day in the garden coming to terms with the implications of the covid-19 pandemic. Pleasant and warm enough to enjoy an afternoon cup of tea whilst sat on the patio bench.

 First sightings in the garden this year of a Brimstone Butterfly and a Bee Fly.

 

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Diary Entry March 16 Weather 0.5C Min, 11C Max. Sunny with winds from the West averaging 1.3 MPH and gusting to 14.8 Max with no rain. A visit to Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve and the Hawk and Owl Trust

 Somerset in glorious sunshine.  Wellington boots needed to access the Canada Farm Lake Hide.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pochard, Raven, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Starling, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon and Wren. Bittern heard.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Peacock and Red Admiral.

Other Sightings: Rabbit

 

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