HeronWatch - 12th April 2015
A warm day this year with a light cool breeze. The birds interestingly were pretty inactive with not much coming or going. We suspected quite a lot were sitting on eggs. For the last two years the herons had decided to nest out of sight of the causeway so Anna and I with Carol's help set up telescopes at the binocular resting post along the canal side path. From there some dozen heron and a dozen little egret nests could be seen across the lake. (There were just 4 little egret nests last year).
Wildfowl Walk - 15 Feb 2015
Back to normal this year. Cool damp grey. Water levels where they should be and quite a lot of water birds. The party this year numbered 13. Our tour of the lake took about two and a half hours reflecting the intense interest in the birds and several members being pretty new to birding.
Wildfowl Walk - 11 Jan 2015
For once the weather was kind; clear skies with a temperature of about 8 Centigrade. So other than the sharp cold wind it wasn't as 'bad' as it has been many other years. And so the eight of us set off. As it happened all of us knew our birds and were stalwarts. We saw/heard 44 species including Little Owl, Kingfisher and Smew. (I think the last was the first record at Stocker's for this winter). So quite a good tally. The full list was:
Wildflower Walk - 22 Jun 2014
It was a gloriously sunny day, when eight of us met on the causeway at 2.00pm on Sunday 22nd June. The scene was set for a pleasant, relaxing walk to see what wild flowers/plants we could identify around the lake.
The yellow flags were over, but we quickly spotted Hemp Agrimony coming into bloom with mallow, comfrey, nipplewort, hedge mustard and smooth sow-thistle. The distinctive seed heads of Goats’ beard and a pretty clump of meadow sweet were less obvious amongst the Yorkshire fog and s foot grasses.
Warbler Walk - 11 May 2014
Seven of us this year gathered on the Causeway for a walk round the lake at half past eight. The weather cloudy, cold and windy with rain threatening. The sun tried to break through at one point but that was about it. In the end we saw more than we expected and we saw most of what we heard. As we prepared to start off we watched an extensive mixed flock of House Martins, Swallows and a few swifts racing about the sky and over both lakes and the reads. Spectacular! And the display continued on and off throughout our walk. I do not think I have seen as many hirundines on one occasion before.
We started on the causeway with the explosive call of the Cetti’s warbler. He or she was still there when we got back but remained elusive.