Monthly Archives: July 2012

Common Shrew

A cat probably killed this shrew as it was on a lawn near a house. Sorry I forgot to put a size-comparison object beside it. It’s slightly smaller than the average adult mouse. There are two other species in Britain, all three being found in Calderdale.
Pigmy Shrew is much smaller, a very small mammal.  It has long back feet. Similar colour to the Common.
Water Shrew is slightly larger, like a hefty mouse. It’s blacker above, with a sharply delineated white underside. It can look grey when swimming underwater, due to bubbles trapped in its fur.
Shrews are related to the mole, and like it are eaters of small animals, never taking seeds or vegetable matter. They are very active on land and in the water. It’s hard to focus on what they’re doing they move so fast. They are also short lived, with multiple generations in a year.
They can be heard squeaking in hedgerows sometimes, as if fighting between themselves. This is so high-pitched, it’s said some people can’t hear it.
2012-07-29T23:56:00+01:00July 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Wren’s nest late July

In the hollow under the huge branch, there were at least 2 probably more, small chicks being fed by the adults. The tree is at Blake Dean, above Hardcastle Crags. Clicking on the picture on my laptop enlarges it to see the chick.

Just shows how nests can still be active late in the summer, especially Goldfinches I find.

Any big alterations in gardens including pruning and trimming should be done only after long observation to avoid killing nestlings.

Other birds seen at Blake Dean last Thursday included a male Whinchat and Green Woodpecker.

2012-07-29T23:31:00+01:00July 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Lime Trees

The Lime trees on the avenue by our house are in full flower at the moment, the smell is gorgeous and the canopy is buzzing with bees. Limes are a bit of a forgotten tree and maligned because of the honey dew on cars but for summer blossom there is none finer. It is mainly the common lime that produces the honeydew and the epicormic shoots at the base.
Rather a shame that it isn’t being planted (as far as I’m aware) in all the many new woodland schemes. I planted 6 small-leaved limes about 18 years ago and they are doing fine, one of them flowered for the first time this year.
They are long lived trees, relaxed about pruning and pollarding and some in the lake district could be over 2,000 years old.

2012-07-23T22:30:00+01:00July 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Stone Loving Moth

I found this rather non descript moth in my back garden this afternoon; it never budged while I tried getting a reasonable focus on it.
Can somebody please identify it as I have never seen this species before and don’t know where to start.

2012-07-19T16:53:00+01:00July 19th, 2012|0 Comments

At last a bit of Summer

We saw two of these Speckled Wood Butterflies in Broadhead Clough on the Halifax Scientific Society monthly ramble on Saturday. Then another in fields above Daisy Bank, Mytholmroyd (surprisingly a few hundred metres away from the nearest woodland). This photo was taken of another at the Ridings, the fields above Jerusalem Farm, yesterday, 15th July
It had become the most regular butterfly last year in my garden next to Bankhouse Wood near Skircoat/Copley, but I’ve only had one record this year, early on before the rains came.
One Painted Lady Butterfly was in a garden near Saville Park last Thursday, 12th July.
2012-07-16T07:06:00+01:00July 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Welcome in the Garden

He was helping me keep down slugs last week.

 Hedgehog Erinaceous europaeus
(One species in Britain – three species in Europe including one probably introduced by man.)
2012-07-16T06:43:00+01:00July 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Ogden to Oats Royd

It was great watching these two Hares this morning and even better to get decent photographs at Back Lane.
I have decided to let the experts determine what this damsel fly species is, found at Oats Royd.There must have been around 10 present. I will however take a gamble with Common Blue?

Also here were pr Broad Bodied Chaser, c5 Ringlet (no obvious rings on 3) and pr Meadow Brown.

2012-07-11T16:47:00+01:00July 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Local Nature Partnership for the South Pennines

Dear Colleague

Please find attached information about the second workshop organised as part of the development of a potential Local Nature Partnership for the South Pennines. The workshop, which is free to attend,  will be held on Wednesday 18th July  2012, 1:00pm – 4:00pm  [More info] or look at the flyer here
2012-07-11T10:37:00+01:00July 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Ringlet ?

This at Jay House this morning. Is it a Ringlet without rings ?

Hi David check this link (go to Page 3) there is a ringlet just like yours here

2012-07-08T13:45:00+01:00July 8th, 2012|0 Comments
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