January 2008

The Mute Swan has departed and has not returned, and he has not returned to East Riddlesden Hall where he spent his adolescence.

Goosanders have been seen occasionally usually in pairs on Coppice Pond.

The Canada Geese have returned in force with at least 22 present most days.

In the woods Siskins have been found in flocks of 20+ around the Lady Blantyre's Rock area and in Racecourse Plantation. One or two Redpoll have been seen with them.

Many birds have started singing now with good numbers of Robin, Chaffinch joining the Song Thrushes and Blackbirds in the dawn chorus.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers are now drumming in the woods.

Some birds have started pairing off and even nest prospecting though it'll be a while before they start breeding.

On the sunny warmer days one or two Butterflies have been seen.