Shipley 22/07/2014

July 23, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

More beautiful weather. Gatekeepers everywhere, whilst Meadow Browns are on the way down and only a few, very faded Ringlet. Lots of pristine Peacocks now on the Buddlia bushes and good to see numbers of Small Tortoiseshell. Second generation Common Blues numbered four and two Small Heath were probably second gen. too in the ‘butterfly box’ at Woodside. Eight Speckled Woods in one spot. Small/Essex Skipper everywhere in grassland and two Large Skipper hanging on. A single Holly Blue near Shipley Lake.

I couldn’t find any Purple Hairstreak at Shipley Hill but I did see my first Migrant Hawker dragonfly of the season there. Common Darter, Brown Hakwer and Common Blue Damselfly in good numbers.

Green Woodpeckers two off and a glimpse of a Garden Warbler pleasing at this time of the Summer. Meadow Pipit ‘alarm calling’ near Shipley Hill and Stock Dove ‘singing’ in the woodland there. A Reed Warbler was still singing at Parker’s Marsh (near the Hex Pools) whilst nearby a late burst of song from a Willow Warbler was unexpected. A family party of Long-tailed Tits as always a pleasure to behold. Newly hatched baby Coot on the Hex Pools. Buzzards soaring over Mapperley.


Straw’s Bridge and Pewit Carr 14/3/2014

March 14, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Another lovely day. Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Two Chiffchaff singing – welcome back, boys! Coots nest building. Single Great Crested Grebe. Several Tufties. Single Common and Lesser Black-backed Gull. Kestrel. Several Jays. Bullfinch eating Hawthorn buds. Long-tailed Tits prospecting. Marsh Tit calling. Peacock butterfly.

Woodside 2/6/2013

June 2, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Lovely sunny day produced the goods with some of the butterflies. I counted 15 Dingy Skippers in two areas of the Reserve and 11 Small Heath, 2 Common Blues, a Small Copper, a very faded, female Brimstone looking surprisingly like a Large White in flight, and a Speckled Wood. Still a few Peacocks flitting about and plenty of Green-veined Whites. A couple of teneral Common Blue Damsels. Green Woodpeckers were very vocal as always, a Common Tern flew South over the Reserve and a Lesser Whitethroat was still singing near the Hex Pools – where one more Dingy was flying on the steep bank to the NW.

Hex Pools 31/12/2011

December 31, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

A very quick scoot around the pools revealed the usual 2 Little Grebe, some good-looking Fieldfares and the almost obligatory pair of Green Woodpeckers. Cormorant over towards Shipley Lake and a Greylag Goose wheeled in to join the growing number of Canada Geese that are these days always in residence.

Yesterday, a Dunnock in almost full song – my first of the season. Robins singing regularly for a while now. Can’t wait for the full entourage to get going!