Latest Sightings December 2017

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The "Area Seen" refers to the 10 sections that the Brook has been split into for monitoring purposes (see Wildlife page under Monitoring ).

All sightings unless stated are from personal observations by Eddie Napper

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10/12/17 With snow falling birdwatching was a bit limited and most of it was done from my Area 5 garden window. The usual suspects were visiting the feeders including a pair of Nuthatch, Robin, Blue Tit and Great Tit and 10 Goldfinch . The only suprise, was a Dunnock. Thrushes were represented by Blackbird, 18 Redwing in a garden tree and a fly over, calling Song Thrush.

08/12/17 Patrick Crowley was at Heathlake in Area 1 and saw 3 Goosander and 10 Gadwall on the lake.

06/12/17 3 Hawfinch were seen by Alan Rymer in Area 10 Lavells Lake car park field copse.

05/12/17 Richard Marsh saw 3 Ring necked Parakeet fly across the Area 10 Lavells Lake car park field.

03/12/17 Kingfisher Another gloomy start to the day with drizzle thrown in . I went to Heath Lake (Area 1 ) and as usual the lake was busy with Wildfowl. A Kingfisher was perched on the lakeside bushes,albeit very distant. On the water were Mallard, Tufted Duck, Shoveller and Gadwall.2 male Goosanderwere moving from one end of the lake to the other.Goosander A Grey Heron was calling and flying around the lake. Also seen were Coot and Moorhen . A Grey Wagtail was feeding on the edges. 2 Mute Swan and a lot of noisy Black headed gull made up the rest of the sightings.

02/12/17 Robin A very gloomy and grey start to the day. I wandered around Area 5 and also watched the garden feeders. In the open space to the rear of Morrisons were 25 Wood Pigeons, 32 Redwing 2 Carrion Crow and 3 Magpie were finding something to eat in the grass . A pair of Bullfinch were in the bushes.In my garden Yew tree a Goldcrest was flitting through the branches. Nuthatch and Coal Tit were on the feeders. The Robin is only included because its that time of year.

01/12/17 Green Woodpecker This morning was spent gazing across the Area 10 Lavells Lake car park field. Seen briefly flying into the copse was a Hawfinch. Feeding in the bushes were Redwing, Blackbird and a Song Thrush . A Green Woodpecker was showing an interest in the Electricity pole and a Sparrowhawk was seen by Richard Marsh.


Other Wildlife


02/12/17 Bramble For some reason this Bramble Rubus fruticosus still had a solitary flower on it by Ripplestream Bridge in Area 5.


09/12/17 Grey Squirrel Because the Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis does not hibernate and it cannot store enough energy to survive for long periods without food, it can often be seen searching out hidden stores of food at this time of the year. These stores of single nuts and other items are buried in the ground in autumn, well spread out. They are found by smell, rather than memory. Often they are not found at all and later may grow, helping the dispersal of trees.

01/12/17 Hedgehog Despite the recent cold snap a Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus is still visiting my Area 5 garden.