Friday, 9 April 2010

Beckett Park woodland sightings

Yesterday, during a lunchtime wander through Beckett Park woodland I spotted a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Great Tit, Jay, Chaffinch and Goldfinch. Around campus I caught sight of another Nuthatch on a Beech tree adorned with emerging buds and still bearing last years fruit.

The most exciting sighting of the day was a Comma on the wing, it made off too quickly for me to get a pic, so Ive included a photo of a Comma feeding on a Verbena that I took up at Goldenacre Park last October. It appeared in a boggy area of woodland which apparently is a preferred habitat for the species. The Yorkshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation has a recent sightings page and I noticed that a Brimstone and Peacock were also seen in Headingley yesterday afternoon. With good weather on the way this weekend perhaps we can look forward to more appearances, fingers crossed.


  1. That's a nice range of bird sightings Linda.
    I've got my Verbena seedlings coming along nicely, so will be hoping for good butterfly visits this summer

  2. Thank you both, I'm enjoying the fine weather and the opportunity to wander more often on a lunchtime. Have a good weekend, Linda


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