Monthly Archives: April 2011

Two to look out for..

Mountain Bumble Bee (Bombus (Pyrobombus) monticola) and Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha)are not often seen in Calderdale any sightings in the next couple of Months would be good to hear about.

2011-04-30T21:52:00+01:00April 30th, 2011|0 Comments

Not in our area –but

If the area decribed in the website link cannot be saved, it makes you wonder what a site needs in order to be safe from development.

2011-04-30T21:51:00+01:00April 30th, 2011|0 Comments

Sign of The (dry) Times

A farmer in Holdsworth waters his field.

Birds near there included:
Willow warbler
Green Woodpecker
Little Owl.
Also a Large Red Damselfly by the lakes at Oates Royd.

2011-04-28T14:19:00+01:00April 28th, 2011|0 Comments


Perhaps one for Charlie.

This moth was inside our window, its about 30mm across. Have you any idea re I.D.?

2011-04-24T20:52:00+01:00April 24th, 2011|0 Comments

Hornbeam Tree

I was on Station Road at Luddendenfoot today, which I haven’t been to recently. I looked for the very large old Hornbeam which was at the entrance to the large house at the end of the road. It has been cut down, probably to widen the entrance to the new estate of houses which have just been built.

Too late to bother now but worth mentioning because it must have been the oldest Hornbeam in the valley and it is a species, even though planted, rarely seen as a tree in our locality.

2011-04-23T19:57:00+01:00April 23rd, 2011|0 Comments

Toadspawn and Bilberry Bumble Bee at Widdop Resr.

Found my first ever Bilberry Bumble Bees on the Burnley Way footpath south side of Widdop Resr. 17th April. A scarce species, sometimes referred to as Mountain Bumble Bee. Had an expert with me today (Edie) who confirmed my identification. I think they are consistently like this – ginger abdomen, with a black thorax crossed by two yellow bands. We also saw a couple of Green Hairstreak Butterflies, far too flighty to photo.

The toads we have known about for about 10 years but I’ve seen no evidence except a dried-up roadkill.

Last Sunday 17th, I found spawn in the catchwater drain on the north side of the resr., just before the first pine. Also near the shore of the resr. itself, in the peaty water. The strings of jelly have swelled up, and become covered with sediment or algae, so its not fresh that day. Looking like the intestines of something disembowelled in the water!

Today, 22nd, the tadpoles had all just about left the jelly, just one group still hanging on to it.
We thought it amazing that toads should breed at such an altitude, (about 350m) but I have since come across them at a similar altitude at Gorpley Resr., south of Todmorden.
Good views of Common Sandpipers and Willow Warblers, but no reptiles despite the sun.

2011-04-22T23:06:00+01:00April 22nd, 2011|0 Comments

Whitethroat, Soil Hill

Our first years Whitethroat singing at Soil hill this morning, 4 very flighty Twite, 1 pair linnet on the bush they bred in last year, 1 Wheatear, lots of mipits, only two Skylarks heard, western side only checked.

2011-04-22T19:33:00+01:00April 22nd, 2011|0 Comments

Holmfield & Oats Royd

Little owl seen once again after 2 years absence.

Birds included Willow warblers,
1 chiffchaff
LTTits and the rest.

A young frog and the web of Tetragnatha sp. over the stream.

2011-04-21T19:58:00+01:00April 21st, 2011|0 Comments

Common Lizard

Spotted a common lizard basking near Blake Dean on Tuesday 19th. There were also a few tiger beetles about. No pics unfortunately.
2011-04-21T12:53:00+01:00April 21st, 2011|0 Comments
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