It’s possible that some of you noticed that one of the blue tits in yesterday’s post had an unusually long beak. That’s because, presumably, it is suffering from Avian Keratin Disorder. Advertisements
While the Pochards have been a story characterised by their unexpected presence, for the Great-Crested Grebes it has instead been one of disappointing absence. But a few weeks back they reappeared, and since then something really interesting has happened.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology
Tagged autumn, breeding, brooding, clutch size, great crested grebes, grebes, late breeding, nesting, october, september
Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology, Invertebrates
Tagged barnacle goose, butterflies, canada goose, chick, coot, Great crested grebe, juvenile, moorhen, nesting, pochard, red admiral, york, yorkshire
How many non-native species do you think there are in the UK? Ten? Fifty? A few hundred? Keep going upwards…
Posted in Biology, Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, Mammals
Tagged beaver, crayfish, grey squirrel, himalayan balsam, introduced, invasive, japanese knotweed, non-native, snow geese
With the rain continuing to fall I was wondering what I could write about today. Surely not another wildfowl photo?
Day 26 is really a second part to Day 25, coming from the first ever Local Nature Reserve, established in 1952. Aberlady Bay.
Posted in 30 Days Wild, Biology, Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, Scotland
Tagged 30 Days Wild, aberlady bay, butterflies, early purple orchid, marsh orchid, nature reserve, reed bunting, ringlet, Roe Deer, saltmarsh, skylark, viper's bugloss, whitethroat, yellowhammer
Today is World Wetlands Day, an annual event run by the Ramsar Convention for the past twenty years to recognise the importance of wetland habitats. For 2017 the focus is on the value of these habitats to humanity, so I’m … Continue reading
Posted in Amphibians, Biology, Birds, Botany, Invertebrates, Lancashire, Media, Plants, Why watch wildlife?, Wildlife stories, Yorkshire, Zoology
Tagged #WorldWetlandsDay, Leighton Moss, Martin Mere, North Cave, Old Moor, Ramsar, Unesco, World Wetlands Day, World Wetlands Day 2017
Since we have been covering common birds in this run of MBOW, it seems only right to turn to our most common of all; the House Sparrow. Yet its perennial status on the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch list masks a … Continue reading
Unlike last week’s entry, this week we have a bird that is beyond any doubt brown. It is the quintessential ‘little brown job’. It is the Dunnock. But does ‘brown’ mean ‘boring’?
When I was younger I used to think about dinosaurs a lot. I’d think about how they lived and interacted, what they might have looked like, all the usual things. But I also used to wonder about extinction. Did they … Continue reading
Posted in Amphibians, Biology, Birds, Botany, Evolution, Fossils, Fungi, Invertebrates, Mammals, Media, Plants, Why watch wildlife?, Zoology
Tagged anthropocene, extinction