Archive for the ‘Fauna’ Category

Parwich is Buzzing

Our village photographers have been busy enjoying the sunshine. Can anyone help identify the species found in their photographs? No prizes for the swallow!

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Spring has sprung

Lovely images of spring violets taken along Monsdale Lane this afternoon.

Photos by David G.

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  • Curlews have been congregating near the village for the last few weeks.
  • Siskins have been spotted nibbling on sunflower hearts on the feeder.
  • We saw our first Peacock butterfly in the sunshine today (surely too early).

It will be the first day of spring on 20th March (astronomical). We thought it would be nice to share your first sightings of the year, send in your observations to the blog using the comments field below.

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Lock up your Goldfish!

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Best of Friends

Thank you David G for these photos of a bee and a butterfly together ‘gathering the last of the nectar’

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Limbering Up

Not only do humans limber up for a days work, our busy Bees do the same. David G,

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The Age Old Question

The age old question, does my bum look big in this?

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Photo by David G.

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A Broad Bodied Chaser

Glad to see that John F-S has not forgotten us. The photo is a Broad Bodied Chaser (Male) on the Jubilee Pond at Nether Green.

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Busy in the Garden

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Planting for bees?

Despite the cool weather the bumblebees seem to be quite active. In my garden they are going for the lungworts (pulmonaria) and the perennial wallflowers (erysimum) rather than the spring bulbs. What are they making a bee line for in your garden?

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Frogs and Spawn

Some frogs, one of them has found a patch of sun. John F-S

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(Always good to get to use the ‘fauna’ category tag.)

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Little Garden Birdwatch

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Despite the weather not being the best this weekend we achieved a grand total of 35 different species spotted around the villages. My hopeful target was 40 so that’s not a bad effort. Thanks Lynn and Peter for your spotting.

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Little Garden Birdwatch

Join the fun, log your bird sightings around Alsop, Ballidon, Pikehall and Parwich this weekend by adding in a comment to this post.

 

Still time to register for the RSPB Big Garden Bird here

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Early Signs of Spring

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On this grey day it is good to look forward to Spring. Photo by John F-S

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Parwich Little Garden Birdwatch

Here’s something to get you all tweeting and twittering!

Over the weekend of 30-31 January the RSPB is running their annual Big Garden Birdwatch. ( See RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch for more details ). In conjunction with this we will once again run our own Alsop, Ballidon, Pikehall and Parwich Little Garden Birdwatch. Whilst the RSPB want to know numbers of different bird species seen during a one hour period  we simply what to know what species have been seen over the weekend in and around the villages. There will be a post to log sightings available over the weekend. For anyone doubtful of their bird recognition skills the RSPB site is pretty good, where you can find an A-Z Guide and useful tools to help identify a specific bird sighting.

Our target for the weekend is a challenging 40 different species so the more taking part the better.

Listed below are some of the species we hope will be spotted (more…)

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Another Nature Quiz Question

Cheryl W asks “what do you reckon this little fellow is? ”

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Giant Nature Quiz

Can you name these giants recently spotted in the area?

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Photos by David G

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Garden Visitor

Captured on iPhone

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Can anyone I.D. this Bug?

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Hummingbird Hawkmoth

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I have just spotted this year’s first Hummingbird Hawkmoth in my garden and, amazingly, on exactly the same day of the year as in 2014!

You can find some more information about this impressive day-flying moth on the http://butterfly-conservation.org/  website, as well as a map with the ‘Migrant Watch’ records of the yearly sightings.  The photo is from this website as I have not managed to capture the moth on my own pocket camera.

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Mappleton bluebells

Photos by David G

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Reed bunting (left)
and bullfinch (below),
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The weekend of 24/25th January sees the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch; those wishing to take part can find out more and register by clicking here.

The RSPB say:

Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That’s why it’s so important to take part in surveys like Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.
All you need to do is spend an hour over the weekend of 24-25 January counting the birds in your garden. It’s that simple!

However, we wondered if there was any interest in doing a Big Ballidon/Alsop/Parwich/Pikehall Bird Watch the same weekend? Let us know your thoughts by commenting on this post or emailing parwich@hotmail.co.uk .

There are a number of possibilities, including:

  • Those wanting to participate in the RSPB count could simply send us the same data with any photos they might take.
  • Alternatively the more energetic could set off to see how many species they could count anywhere in our area.
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    Enjoying the Sunday Sunshine

    Photos by John F-S

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    What’s in a name?

    Well there is not doubt of the common name of this shrub, a Butterfly bush.

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    Photos by Peter T

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    Mini-beast Safari

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    Photos by David G. ‘What am I?’

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    A Bat out at Midday

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    Thank you John F-S for what I think is our first bat photo here at parwich.org. But why was it out and about on a Wednesday lunch time?

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    More Dragonflies

    Here is a video clip and some stills from John F-S to follow on with the dragonfly interest. Can you identify these three species?

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    Resting on a gate

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    Photos by David G. Can anyone identify it?

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    This afternoon I witnessed a female blackbird stalk, catch, kill and eat a shrew. In Church Farm garden, a small shrew was having a feast of insects and grubs amongst leaf litter and well rotted manure, when it was seized from behind by the female blackbird, who killed it by repeatedly picking it up and dashing it on a hard surface. She then avidly consumed it.

    Does anyone know if this is usual?

    Peter T

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    Racing Finale

    What’s on Wakes Friday
    Day Time Event Location
    Fri 4th 6.30pm ‘Ball Race’ Pump Hill
    8pm Traditional Race Night Legion

    To see the full Wakes Week programme click here.

    Click here to see the full Diary page; please email any event information to parwich@hotmail.co.uk

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    Spotted in the sledging field

    Photos by David G

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    Hummingbird Hawk Moth

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    Seen today in Parwich feeding on valerian (Valeriana officinalis) growing in my drive, a hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum). Has anyone else in Parwich seen this remarkable insect? It hovers motionless over a flower while it inserts its long proboscis into the flower to extract nectar, just like a humming bird. My brother and I watched this for about 2 minutes, entranced by what we were watching as it moved from flower to flower. If I had had a camera to hand we could have had a good picture but it suddenly flew away. When I explained to an Open Gardens visitor what we had seen he identified it for us. An image of this moth can be seen on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird_Hawk-moth#mediaviewer/File:Macrogl_Stellat.jpg

    What a great day it has been, so many visitors, such glorious weather and all our visitors so appreciative,

    Mike R

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    All in a day’s work

    Photos by David G.

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    The Hare’s Tale

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    A play in five acts

    Dramatis Personae

    • Sir Hare, the Bold
    • Lady Hare, his fair wife
    • Dastard Le Intruder

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    Photography by John F-S

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    Has Spring Come Early?

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    Photo by Steve J.

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    Caption suggestions?

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    Photo by David G. Do add any caption suggestions as comments below.

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    Hunter in the Headlights

    Photos by David G

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