November 2009

1st - Heavy persistent rain during the morning, peaking at 17.4 mm/h, and giving about 15 mm’s in total. Becoming blustery after the front cleared. (During the morning barometric pressure dropped from 1008.1 mbar at 6 am to 984.6 mbar by 1 pm, a drop of nearly 24 mbar in just seven hours).

2nd - The Wood Pigeons come to feast on the Haws most afternoons at the moment, with thrushes likewise joining them in natures harvest. I could have a harvest of my own if I had a shot gun what with all the relatively tame, big fat woodpigeons on my doorstep.

4th - First day this autumn/winter to see a high below 10 C.

6th - A slight touch of grass frost on the lawn at dawn, the first of the autumn/winter.

Brattwood - An enjoyable autumn walk in this peaceful and very rural area on the western edge of the Wolds. The weather was very showery today, with some good Cumulonimbus clouds seen in the big Wold skies, but by and large we avoided the showers, or at least we did why we were walking. The woodland is now increasingly bare, though there is still a good amount of coppery beech leaves holding on, and all in all this was a quiet and tranquil autumnal ramble. Birdwise the highlights came from a pair of Red Kites, and a Buzzard was also seen. These two species are usually very reliable in this area now, and the Londesborough to Millington stretch along the western edge of the Wolds is undoubtedly the place to go if wanting to see the local Red Kites.


10th - A slight, but nevertheless noticeable hoar frost this morning as the overnight low fell to 1 C.

11th - A female Blackcap was seen amongst the Yews today.

13th - A Tree Sparrow was spotted at the feeding station a number of times today, a new species for my garden list. It would be interesting to know whether it came down from the Westwood, or perhaps from further afield. In the evening there was a period of heavy rain which was followed by some strong gusty winds overnight.


17th - Most trees are now bare and the countryside now has its winter clothes on, even though the weather at the moment is still very much autumnal rather than wintry.

19th - A blustery and mild day with temperatures around 14 C.

20th - A male Blackbird with a large amount of white feathers around its face and neck has turned up in the garden recently, and would appear to have taken up winter residence here.

21st - Thick fog this morning with visibility falling below 200 metres.

22nd - A flock of Starlings of about fifty or so has been gathering in the area most afternoons recently.

Millingtondale - A late autumn walk in the heart of my favourite area of the Wolds, with the countryside now very much becoming wintry, with the abundant Hawthorn scrub in the dale now devoid of foliage. However the dark red berries are attracting many birds, including a few Fieldfares.


24th - A dozen or so Redwings were seen feeding in the White Lodge Yews, with Blackbirds, Song thrushes, and Mistle thrushes also seen in the same area. Overnight there was a heavy shower (peaking at 28.4 mm/h) which was accompanied by some strong gusts.

27th - A touch of hoar frost at first this morning.

28th - The lowest temperature of the autumn thus far, with an overnight low of 0.9 C. There was a touch of frost before dawn but increasing cloud by first light soon melted it. However the day remained on the chilly side with a high of just 5.7 C.


29th - Periods of heavy rain during the morning, and feeling cold and raw throughout the day.

Deepdale (Calliswold) - A very enjoyable walk in this high Wold dale, despite (or maybe because) of the heavy rain, which at first was particularly heavy and was made to feel the more unpleasant by the blustery wind which accompanied it on the Wold tops. However once in the shelter of the dale conditions greatly improved, and indeed towards the end of our walk the weather was beginning to clear. The trees in the wood are now largely bare, with just the dark green of Spruces standing in stark contrast to the brown and bare branches of the other trees. Some Larches are also holding on to some of their needles, which just adds an extra touch of colour and depth to the whole starkly beautiful scene. Towards the end of our walk we came upon a clump of some interesting fungi which I couldn’t identify with any confidence, though I did think that maybe they were emerging Hygrophorus Conicus. They were growing in an area of grassland which had been Hawthorn scrub a few years ago, and they seem to be very much associated with the decaying buried wood under the ground. Birdwise some Fieldfares were spotted in the high open fields, while in the covert crops flocks of finches were observed, with Goldfinches the most dominant species.

30th - A bright rainbow was seen at 2 pm to the north east of the house.

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