Category Archives: Flora

Seen Today

Looking into Upper Sowerholme from a garden, I saw a chiffchaff singing away.

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Also on the border between the Aldcliffe Road gardens and Upper Sowerholme was a bullfinch.

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Then walking round to Pony Wood there was a swallow over the Arable Field, a reed bunting by the path and the two oystercatchers were sunning themselves in the field.

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Then in Pony Wood box P2 was being occupied by two blue tits, both went inside.

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In addition, the linnets were continuing to feed on the bird tables.

Arable Field

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Ploughing of the Flora Field took place on Good Friday.

A couple of stock doves (which nest in Pony Wood) took advantage of the bare earth (one shown).

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Then the crop of barley undersown with pea was sown on Easter Saturday.

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Finally, a group of six of us sowed the bird-friendly mix (to feed the birds next winter) and some cornflower seeds into the crop itself.

 

Sightings

Spring does seem to be in the air!

Walking round Pony Wood I spotted a new blue tit occupant for one of our recently donated nest boxes (P9).

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In the Arable field was a peacock butterfly.

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A couple of mistle thrushes were also in the Arable field, and a magpie was seen overflying with nest material.

In the extension to Pony Wood was a red admiral butterfly and about 12 linnets were feeding around the feeding tables. One linnet in the nearby tree lined up for its photo.

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Pheasants and Hare

A walk around the Reserve this morning  gave us the opportunity to see teal on School Pond and 11 magpie nearby.

But passing Flora field we noticed a pair of hare. After scattering birdseed for the linnets, I noticed a pair of male pheasants fighting it out.

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The hare was too fast for me but I have a poor photo below.

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It is nice to see the activities leading to spring.