News archive

April 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Dawn Chorus Walks Details Here

Hob Moor LNR 28th April 6am:
Meet at the Tadcaster Road end of the underpass beneath the railway track SE587504 (53.946945,-1.1071381). Park off Tadcaster Road eg on Pulleyn Road. The track off Tadcaster Road to the meeting point passes beside the allotments, opposite the Tyburn.

Rowntree Park 29th April 6am
Meet in front of the café, SE603506 (53.948767,-1.0825369). The car park off Terry Avenue should be open.

York Cemetery 5th May 5.30am
Meet in car park in front of chapel SE610508 (53.950013,-1.0708425). Note; Barry will give a short talk in the chapel after the walk and refreshments will be available (small charge)

Monday, 23 April 2018

Spring Newsletter April '18

Spring Newsletter April '18

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Parakeets and The Beasts from the East

Parakeets and The Beasts from the East

The ring-necked parakeets spreading across the UK are thought to have originated from the Indian sub-species, Sue and I saw their cousins on our recent trip to sub-tropical Tamil Nadu and Kerala in very different temperatures to those that we've experienced during March in York! As far as I know, the only parrot evolved to cope with cold and snow is the New Zealand mountain parrot, the Kea, so we were anxious when Siberian blizzards loomed. But the news (good or bad depending on your views of this feral interloper) is that all three birds, have continued their daily visits. When the snow was on the ground they switched from the peanut and fat ball feeders to the cut apples thrown out on the lawn where they competed successfully with the blackbirds, thrushes, pigeons and fieldfares. Maybe the moist fruit was what they needed when all the water sources were frozen.
Over the last few weeks, we are seeing more of Junior on his own, we've seen less of the female, so she may be off nesting again.
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Thursday, 12 April 2018

North Cliffe Woods Walk, Mud Warning

North Cliffe Woods Walk, Mud Warning

The walk is going ahead as scheduled but Ken has been on his recee and has asked me to advise that the woods are very muddy and wellies are advised! See Events for details of the meeting point etc.
After the walk and lunch the group will move on to North Cave wetlands were conditions underfoot should be a bit better! You are welcome of course to come, just for the morning; just for the afternoon or the whole day