by Andy Johnson

Fieldfare

Nature Notes – February 2023

31st January 2023

At last signs of spring: great tits, robins, starlings, mistle thrushes and song thrushes are all starting to sing.

Otter

Nature Notes – January 2023

6th January 2023

Ten years ago the sight or a photo of an otter on the Swale would have made the local newspapers. Today they are more common than kingfishers.

Nature Notes – December 2022

1st December 2022

by Andy Johnson The Twelve Days of Christmas is an old English Carol* featuring mainly animals.  A partridge is an English or grey partridge. Turtle doves are now rare but occasionally seen locally. French hens are thought to be Breton hens. Calling birds (or ‘colly’ in early versions) meant blackbirds. Gold rings were thought to…

Nature Notes – November 2022

27th October 2022

Tuesday 18 Oct. began sunny but by mid-afternoon the easterly wind and grey clouds brought a huge migration of red-wings and blackbirds from Scandinavia.

Goshawk

Nature Notes – October 2022

1st October 2022

Summer is over and after a very good breeding season and swallows, house martins and swifts are on their way to Africa.

Robin

Nature Notes – September 2022

31st August 2022

We recently had a hummingbird hawk-moth feeding on flowers in our garden. These day time feeding moths migrate from around the Mediterranean to Britain and Northern Europe.

mole

Nature Notes – August 2022

27th July 2022

Graham Bourne recently complained that he had ‘mole problems’ in his lawn. Sure enough there were the tell tale mole hills.

Robin

Nature Notes – July 2022

27th June 2022

The dawn and evening chorus has come to an end this mid-summer week. It tends to be dominated by blackbirds.

wasp nest

Nature Notes – June 2022

24th May 2022

For the past month I have been watching a queen wasp building its nest in my wooden garden shed.

Roe deer - village green

Nature Notes – May 2022

27th April 2022

Similar to last year, April’s weather has been dominated by a cool northerly airstream, but without the devastating frosts. Consequently cherry and magnolia blossom, daffodils and tulips have been good and long lasting.