Yesterday afternoon, around 3 pm, I was on the riverside, sitting on the bench by Roses sports field. All was quiet. Suddenly there was a loud bird-of-prey like screeching noise. Woodpigeons, lots and lots of them, flew up from the bushes on the opposite bank, flying in all directions. And in amongst them trying toRead more about Peregrine Falcon[…]
Lots of butterflies, bees and hoverflies to be seen in Mercers Wood right now. Butterflies seen in the wood recently include Small White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Ringlet and Small Skipper. And today, a very photogenic Red Admiral was flitting about just inside the Mercer Street entrance to the wood.Read more about Red Admiral & Bullfinches[…]
We appear to have a Peregrine Falcon in the area. On June 18th I reported seeing one at the Morton end of Ropery Road. This morning a Peregrine Falcon (perhaps the same bird) flew over Mercers Wood. Other birds seen in or by the wood this morning — Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff,Read more about Peregrine Falcon Over Mercers Wood[…]
I came across a Giant Wood Wasp in Mercers Wood this morning. Despite its name it is not really a wasp, but a sawfly, and its completely harmless. Find a photo of it in our gallery.
This morning an Oystercatcher flew upriver at Gainsborough, with its piping call ringing out. It flew past Mercers Wood, heading towards the Bowling Green Road end of the riverside before veering off in the direction of Beckingham. Plenty of birds still singing in Mercers Wood – Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnock.Read more about Oystercatcher on the Riverside[…]
Volunteers were busy yesterday working in the wild flower area, getting it ready for Gainsborough in Bloom. While walking around the wood I found a Common Shrew. Sadly it was dead, but it shows the species is present here.
Today, at about 6.20 pm, a Peregrine Falcon flew over the Morton end of Ropery Road, heading towards the Trent. Meanwhile in Mercers Wood, two Painted Lady butterflies were sparring with each other in flight along one of the main paths through the wood.
I saw a weasel again in Mercers Wood this afternoon, in more or less the same place I saw it before. It dashed out of the undergrowth, crossed the path a few yards in front of me and disappeared into the undergrowth again. The baby woodpeckers appear to have left their nest now. There wasRead more about Weasel in the Wood[…]
Our resident Coal Tit has produced a brood of young, and there are now six fledgling coal tits flitting about the trees.
Nice walk around the wood this morning with other group members. I showed them where our Great Spotted Woodpecker was nesting. Some great views of a baby woodpecker poking its head out of the nesthole. Well done to our wonderful volunteers working hard to put up new handrails. There was a beautiful Nursery Web SpiderRead more about […]