Dead badger by gate to Johnson’s Marsh at 0830 this morning (22/03/2017). Looks like road casualty. Picture is of course from a live one!
Hedgehogs are already up and about in early March 2017 in Scalby (Photo taken in 2016) as evidenced by the droppings on the lawn. Like Winnie-the-Pooh it was more of a squeeze getting out of the cage than getting in after demolishing a fat ball!
Found in both front and back lawns of my garden in 2016 Up to 500 plants but only a very few reached fruiting stage. Now over 100 plants counted by 9th April so lawn will have ‘unmown patches’ again! Interestingly the lawn feed etc on the back lawn has had no effect on the fern.
Rescued from a felled tree at West Heslerton in January 2016
At least 7 Goshawk, 6 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk. Also 120 Pink Footed Geese North.
Mick Francis recorded 14 Marble white butterflies at Crossgate Quarry on Monday 3 July.
I spotted a group of harbour porpoises close to Scarborough harbour on Friday 4 April at about 6.30pm. Some came in to within maybe 20 metres of the harbour wall, so I got some very nice views of their dorsal fins. Definitely 6 (2 groups of 3) , but probably rather more than that, but I could only count them when they were breaching at the same time …. they seemed to head off towards North Bay.
The first frogspawn of the Spring appeared in my garden pond at Sawdon yesterday, complete with frog. Hopefully we won't get too much ice from now on.
Red kite seen at North Moor, riding the air currents on the forest edge, before unwisely drifting eastwards in the direction of a pheasant shoot … 31 January
Harlequin ladybird (alive) seen on the paving at the harbour, Scarborough South Bay, 6 February.
Weasel chasing what appeared to be a rat (possibly already injured by the weasel as it was rolling and lurching around) into the main road near the Irton/GCHQ junction on the A170. I managed to swerve to avoid them, but suspect they were hit by cars behind me. 6 February.