I've been seeing a number of flowers which are either very late or very early. Photos were taken late December and early January. Ragwort and red campion were in Wykeham Forest, and are still flowering, as are the primroses, cowslips and wood forget-me-not in my garden.
Thought I'd post these images of the cut ends of felled pine in Wykeham Forest taken on 24 November. The trees were felled last winter. The fungus is young Stereum sanguinolentum, a white rot, which is common on conifer brash but can also infect living conifers through wounds. Not a favourite fungus of foresters! It shows how the heartwood is much more resistant to fungal attack than the sapwood. It also shows that the fungus spreads radially far quicker than around the annual rings. Although the colonies are of the same species, each will remain distinct, and where each one meets its neighbours there will be a battle and boundary lines marked out!
Harlequin ladybird seen at Scalby Mills on 13th November.
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Mandy Hillier has sent in an account of the wildlife that is establishing itself at the pond beyond the pitches at Scarborough Rugby Club. In Spring there was a profusion of tadpoles, and Moorhen and Tufted Duck are in residence, with a brood of Tufted ducklings. Swifts and Swallows are using the pond to drink and hawk insects. There have been large numbers of Dragonflies (including Emperor, and Chasers) as well as Common Blue Damselflies. Thousands of Bumble Bees have been seen feeding on the Spirea bushes around the site. Perhaps a Society visit is in the offing for next summer.
There have been some good numbers of waders passing south locally, especially at Long Nab, Burniston, and from the Marine Drive. However, today at Thornwick Pools, Flamborough, and The Dams reserve, Filey, there were few to see – two Dunlin at Thornwick and two Green Sandpipers with a Greenshank at Filey. This suggests the birds are continuing south whilst the favourable weather holds. Flotmanby Carrs has fared a bit better, with several sandpiper species and a couple of Little Stints recently.
Sighting of a Barn Owl hunting on Racecourse road just this side of Betton Farm on my way home on Monday (8th) night at 21.03
On the 30th John Hume went to Reighton Ponds and found four broad bodied chaser dragonflies, and an orchid which may be southern marsh orchid. Later he went to Fordon Chalk Bank where sightings included, brown argus butterfly, ringlets, small heath, skippers, marbled whites and a painted lady.
At Ganton by the confluence of the Rivers Derwent and Hertford there was a male banded demoiselle.
Mike Pearson has caught a good number of moths in the last 2 weeks of June including:
Beautiful garden y, common marbled carpet, elephant hawk moth
John Hume and Brian Cockerill paid a late evening visit to Ellerburn Bank (on the 19th) and were rewarded with sightings of nightjars, woodcock and bats. Its a possibility that the bats could have been either natterers or brown long eared bats as both have been tagged at Ellerburn Church and are being monitored by the CSL at York. Sadly there were no glow worms.