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  1. 4 Roe deer hillside just below trees – 8-8-45 am

    Comment by Pete Haigh — December 12, 2017 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

  2. 2 Roe deer on the open area just off Eshald Lane near railway, seemed to consider people on the road to irrelevant, but step on the vegetation and make a noise and they bounded off.

    Comment by Julian — December 11, 2017 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  3. 2 roe deer into fleet lane plantation from horse field at water Haigh farm

    Comment by Rob Hunton — December 10, 2017 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  4. 2x Roe Deer on hillside @ 15:25 Friday

    Comment by Steve Smith — December 8, 2017 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  5. Three female Roe Deer at Skelton Lake then up onto Leventhorpe plateau on 25th November. The head and rear legs and tail of a Short-tailed Vole (body presumably eaten) on the path by the Football HQ today.

    Comment by Paul Morris — December 2, 2017 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  6. Yesterday 1 roe deer in the field where the sheep were! Noctule bat briefly over the reedbeds/r&f early afternoon.

    Comment by Julian — November 26, 2017 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  7. 3 Roe Deer on hillside and a frog/toad was croaking from the ridge and furrow 200m beyond the crossroads.

    Comment by julian — November 15, 2017 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  8. Red Admiral flying near the water plant at bottom of hall road yesterday morning.

    Comment by Dale Goodwin — November 13, 2017 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  9. A silhouetted dragonfly on the hillside yesterday morning was probably a Common Darter on size.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 12, 2017 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  10. Migrant Hawker on the hillside this afternoon, ( GYL, DN).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 11, 2017 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  11. Common Darter in Warbler Alley this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 8, 2017 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  12. Dead Short-tailed Vole on track down to Skelton Lake this morning. Yesterday four Roe Deer (one stag) in Temple Newsam near the Avenue Ponds. Also 20+ Grey Squirrels in the area right of the Avenue path on the slope down to the Ponds. These were all scavenging on the ground close to the various paths. Assuming that a similar number were up in the trees or further back from the path and that this same density was repeated throughout the wooded areas (the area covered was about 10% of that included in our recording area) gives an estimate of 400 animals in our area. With at least half as much woodland again in the park not included in our recording area would give a population of 600+ in the whole Temple Newsam area. If correct you can guess at the effect that number of animals would have on breeding bird success rates.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 7, 2017 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  13. Four Roe Deer on hillside per Andy H.

    Comment by petegriff — November 6, 2017 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  14. Unusual observation of the day was a squirrel eating sycamore leaves and it appeared to be going after the black spot areas! Fleet plantation.

    Comment by Julian — November 5, 2017 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  15. On the left side of the path in fleet plantation perhaps 100m in is a fungi, my first thought was ‘destroying angel’ details seem to say otherwise, but it still feels like a killer.

    Comment by Julian — November 2, 2017 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  16. At least eight Grey Squirrels in Temple Newsam woods this morning. Yesterday there were three in Fleet Plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 31, 2017 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  17. Migrant Hawker in Temple Newsam, on path down from Shroggs towards ponds.

    Comment by Rob P — October 29, 2017 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  18. Red Admiral North side of Goose fields late morning and several Common Darter.

    Comment by John Martin — October 29, 2017 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  19. Fox at Skelton Lake this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 28, 2017 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  20. At least five Red Admirals and one Comma today.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 27, 2017 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  21. A scarce migrant moth “Vestal” caught last night at Beck Cottage. New for recording area.

    Comment by John Martin — October 26, 2017 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  22. Two Migrant Hawkers & one Common Darter between Lemonroyd Bridge & the Warren

    Comment by JK — October 25, 2017 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  23. A Roe Deer in the plantation on top of the hillside this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 25, 2017 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  24. A Red Admiral seen from the hide this afternoon (John Budby, Paul Singleton).

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 25, 2017 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  25. At least 16 noctule bats over the reedbeds and ridge & furrow just after dusk this evening and what was probably a pipistrelle over the path leading up towards old Astley land from trailer gate.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — October 23, 2017 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

  26. Two Red Admirals and singles of Common Darter and Migrant Hawker in the sheltered areas.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 17, 2017 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  27. 2 Comma and a small copper were sheltering from the wind, a Red Admiral went south. A few migrant hawker braved the wind, a lot more common darter loitered in sunny locations.

    Comment by Julian — October 15, 2017 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  28. Noctule bat high over r&f flew directly towards the sewage works, about WSW(30deg south of West) occasionally deviating to take prey! It stayed high and kept going and looked like migration.

    Comment by Julian — October 14, 2017 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  29. Large White and Migrant Hawker by Methley Copse, Comma and Speckled Wood in Warbler Alley.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 13, 2017 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  30. Four Comma butterflies, two Common Darters and a Migrant Hawker in riverside vegetation up from Fleet Plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 12, 2017 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  31. Two Roe Deer by the path down to Skelton Lake this morning. Five Grey Squirrels in riverside trees between Lemonroyd and Caroline Bridge (one to three on each visit recently whilst looking for the Yellow-browed Warbler).
    Painted Lady at north end of Methley Bridge. Red Admiral by the crossroads at the north end of the causeway. A few each of Common Darter and Migrant Hawker. Quite a few (30+) small pale brown moths on the wing, none perching to allow identification.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 9, 2017 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  32. Vapourer Moth by the Canal halfway towards Swillington bridge from the Oil depot this afternoon.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — October 8, 2017 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  33. 6 Red Admiral, 5 nectaring 1 moving south. 4 Comma. 3 Small Copper, 2 of which were above 1.5m and being blown in a southerly direction! 10+ of both Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.

    Comment by Julian — October 6, 2017 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

  34. Despite the wind still 20+ Migrant Hawkers, 10+ Common Darters, several Red Admirals, two Commas and a fly-past white sp.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 2, 2017 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  35. Dark Brown animal seen very briefly near the ditch on R&F 2:15pm. Suspect an Otter but didn’t get a good enough view and couldn’t locate it again, I was having enough trouble standing up in the gale force wind!

    Comment by Andy Hopkinson — October 2, 2017 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

    • If just a brief view it could have been either Mink or Otter but as Julian and Paul noted the recent sightings near Fleet Weir was of an Otter swimming underwater most of the time. Mink often swim with heads up. To my knowledge we have only had one Otter sighting away from the river, but many Mink sightings. Personally, I would look for lines of bubbles and a really thick tail and of course the large size cw Mink. Hope that helps.

      Comment by petegriff — October 6, 2017 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

  36. 28th September x3 smooth (common) newt under boards near balance res.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — October 2, 2017 @ 11:34 am | Reply

  37. Brown hare on hillside near trailer gate 6:25pm

    Comment by Andy Hopkinson — October 1, 2017 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  38. A scraggy Mink ran left along the concrete opposite the hide, followed closely by a darker, sleeker individual. Both dropped into vegetation above the weir where they were heard calling for a couple of minutes. When an animal was then seeing swimming upstream from that area it was expected to be one of the Mink, but when seen well it was an Otter. It swam upriver, mostly underwater but could be followed by the stream of bubbles. I thought Otters were supposed not to tolerate Mink in their territories, so lets hope that’s the case.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 29, 2017 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

    • A study by Oxford University showed an approx. 50% decline in Mink populations where otters are established. Similar numbers have been presented elsewhere.

      Comment by Rob P — October 1, 2017 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  39. Astley spillway plateau, 2 small copper(one with blue spot on Hindwing) red admiral, meadow brown and large white. 6 more red admiral seen moving south. Common Darter and migrant hawker seen regularly, numbers down.

    Comment by Julian — September 28, 2017 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  40. At least 2 noctule bats over the reedbeds at dusk tonight

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 28, 2017 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  41. Otter 1220 hrs dived just above the weir and swam upstream near the far bank at the hide. Surfaced and dived 3 more times as it moved upriver before disappearing, perhaps resting up under the large willow. Always swam underwater!
    Spillway plateau produced 2red admiral, Comma, common blue and small copper.

    Comment by Julian — September 24, 2017 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  42. A Vapourer Moth by the northern-most Gorse bush on the eastern reedbed path on Friday.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 24, 2017 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

    • Also one on Coach Road on Friday.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 24, 2017 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  43. Afternoon through evening saw at least five Common Darter near Lemonroyd Bridge. Migrant Hawkers very active around site, lost count but well in excess of twenty.
    Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Comma also still present in good numbers.Two late Common Blues near Metlhey Copse.

    Comment by Rob P — September 19, 2017 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  44. A Rabbit on the path to the Rabbit Warren – the first I’ve seen in this area for ages.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 19, 2017 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  45. Grey Squirrel swimming the river just above Lemonroyd Bridge.

    Comment by JK — September 18, 2017 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  46. Roe Deer pair (male and female) in field behind Lemonroyd Plantation, moving from the railway line towards Fleet Lane, on Saturday 16th.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 18, 2017 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  47. Yesterday 4 red admiral, 3 of which seemed to be moving southish. Makes me wonder if the 4-8 I have had on my small buddlia for the last week every time the sun shone were the same ones or migrants!

    Comment by Julian — September 15, 2017 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  48. Female Red-veined Darter still present in same spot between lemonroyed and western reedbeds.

    Comment by Mark Darwell — September 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  49. Painted Lady near the Splitter pond / Balance res area, also 5 Migrant Hawkers (males ) same area. @ noon.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 11, 2017 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  50. Two female Red Veined Darters and possibly a third still present this morning in same area as previously, ( GYL, DN ).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 8, 2017 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

    • A very glossy one looked like a teneral, possibly breeding?

      Comment by Gordon — September 9, 2017 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  51. The water connecting lemonroyd to Astley had a half metre wide band of whirligig beetles just out from the reeds both sides that stretched for 10’s of metres. There must have been 10’s of thousands.

    Comment by Julian — September 7, 2017 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  52. Female Red Veined Darter still present on the western reedbed / Lemonroyd lake path near the bend. 11:00 – 12:00 am.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 7, 2017 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

    • Also present in that area – 2 male Ruddy Darters, Several Common Darters & @ least three Migrant Hawkers also a number of mating pairs of Galeruca tenaceti beetles (no common name) and an Angle Shades moth (after removing it from inside my lens hood!)

      Comment by JK — September 7, 2017 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  53. One (possibly 2) female Red-veined Darters on path between Lemonroyd & WRB @1300

    Comment by JK — September 4, 2017 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  54. A Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridian) on riverside vegetation just west of Fleet Plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 3, 2017 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  55. Late report for Saturday 2/9: red-veined darter on path between W reedbed & Lemonroyd Lake / cut. (Photo in gallery.)

    Comment by Dave McMahon — September 3, 2017 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  56. Hillside, 2 Brown Argus, both of which seemed to be on their last legs, one of which was particularly difficult to separate from female blue. 10+ blues all over site. 1 small copper looking fresh, spillway. Migrant Hawker airborne when warm 20+. Common Darter perched on the top of low plants or basking on the ground 30++. Emerald Damselfly ditch r&f/reedbed path 3 in 30m visible section.

    Comment by Julian — September 2, 2017 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  57. Light Southbound passage of Red Admirals this morning. Prob at least one every few mins.

    Comment by John Martin — September 2, 2017 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  58. Male Black Darter Western Reedbed Lemonroyd Lake path; also Black-tailed Skimmer (Central path), Common & Ruddy Darters esp. by Old Lock; Brown & Migrant Hawkers.

    Comment by JK — September 1, 2017 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  59. Two Foxes on the southern edge of Lemonroyd Lake. Brown Hare on ridge and furrow area.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 1, 2017 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  60. Astley spillway plateau, small copper, brown argus, meadow brown, 4 common blue 2 of each sex and a white in flight. Good numbers of common darter on sheltered paths and migrant hawker near vegetation with some brown hawker.

    Comment by Julian — September 1, 2017 @ 6:45 am | Reply

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