Latest Sightings April 2021

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For previous months sightings see Archive

The "Area Seen" refers to the 11 sections that the Brook has been split into for monitoring purposes (see Wildlife page under Monitoring ).

For what you can expect to see on the Emm this month, click here April

All sightings unless stated are from personal observations by Eddie Napper.

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What is this life if full of care , we have no time to stand and stare.

Leisure - W. H. Davies.


What is the Dawn Chorus

13/04/21 Wood Pigeon Squab On the floor in Area 1 by Ludgrove School a young Wood Pigeon also known as a Squab, was waiting for something . Maybe one of its parents to return,

12/04/21 April Snow A crazy start to the day with a covering of snow all along the Emm, which quickly thawed .  Moorhen In Area 7 the age old question was asked" Why did the Moorhen cross the road".In Area 5 Song Thrush and Blackbird were feeding out of the snowfall. Song Thrush In Area 4 seen from Paul Bright Thomas's garden were a Grey Heron flying onto the Emm Brook,a flyover Sparrowhawk a male Blackcap and male Chiffchaff singing in the snow, and 2 calling Lesse Black-backed Gull .

11/04/21 In Area 7 a Little Egret was seen flying into the Emm Brook to feed and 2 Common Buzzard were circling high over the Ashridge Stream.In Area 10 a Kestrel was seen in the car park field by Suren.

10/04/21 Seen from his Area 4 garden by Paul Bright Thomas were Grey Heron , Siskin and 2 Kingfisher . The Kingfishers flew high over the house and garden, coming from the South, then noisy on Emm Brook. Later flew around at treetop height again. In Area 10 Patrick Crowley saw 2 Mistle Thrush one carrying food near the main car park, 3 Sand Martin and 15+ Swallow near the Dinton Activity Centre.

09/04/21 In Area 10 there were 4 Willow Warblers seen and heard by Fraser Cottington in and near the Car park field.In Area 5 Chiffchaff and Blackcap were seen.

08/04/21 In Area 10 the first Cuckoo of the year was heard calling by Richard Marsh. Fraser Cottington had a flyover Osprey that didnt stop.

07/04/21  Great spotted Woodpecker In the Car Park field in Area 10 a Great spotted Woodpecker was seen checking out the Telegraph pole.

05/04/21  Lapwing In Area 1 there were 3 Lapwing in the field waiting for the hairdressers to open. in the field waiting for the hairdressers to open. A Song Thrush was flying back and forth into a Bramble bush with beakfull's of nesting material.  Song Thrush In Area 10 by the Dinton Activity Centre 30 Sand Martin and a few Swallow .

04/04/21  Grey Wagtail The first returning House Martin was seen heading North in Area 10 by the Dinton Activity Centre and a Grey Wagtail was by the Emm.In Area 5 a Grey Wagtail was on the banks by the weir pool.By Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4 a male Blackbird  Blackbird was flying up from the Emm with beaksfull of nest building mud and diving into a nearby bush.12 Linnet were by the play area in Area 7 by Paul O'Neill.

03/04/21 In Area 10 a returning Swallow went through heading North .A Raven was seen chasing a Buzzard .

02/04/21  Ring necked Parakeet The feeders in Area 10 were invaded by 6 Ring necked Parakeet this morning. Song Thrush , Chiffchaff and Blackcap were all singing.

01/04/21 A Green Woodpecker was seen in Area 10 at the Car Park field by Richard Marsh .


10/04/21   Brindled Pug The moth trap was out overnight in Area 7A and emptied this morning.I was hoping for a better catch than my last attempt.It proved so with 25 moths of 6 species. They were 8 Small Quaker Orthosia cruda , 1 Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata, 2 Oak Beauty Biston strataria , 2 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica ,1 The Chestnut Conistra vaccinii and 11 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi .Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

05/04/21   Dark Edged Bee Fly In Area 5 Dark edged Bee Fly Bombylius major can be seen close to the ground and is the largest of the UK's Bee Flies. This bee mimic has a long straight proboscis that it uses to feed on spring flowers like primroses and violets. Their larvae are nest parasites of ground-nesting and solitary bees, feeding on the bee grubs. The female bee-fly flicks her eggs towards the entrance holes of solitary bee nests to allow the larvae to hatch in the right place. Once a bee-fly egg hatches, the larva crawls into the underground nest cell of a host bee where, once large enough, it attaches itself and starts to suck out the body fluids of the host species…

04/04/21   Speckled Wood A lunchtime wander around Area's 4 & 5 in the sunshine on Butterfly watch. Seen were Peacock Aglais io and first's for the year of Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria . The year total now stands at 4 species.

03/04/21   Small Quaker Once again the moth trap was out overnight in Area 7A and emptied this morning.The temperature dropped quite low again overnight with a chilly wind and the results reflected it with 2 moths of 1 species. They were Small Quaker Orthosia cruda .Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

Plants/ Trees

03/04/21 Marsh Marigold In the pond in Area 5 a Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris is now in full flower.


Amphibians and Reptiles

03/04/21   Tadpoles At the pond in Area 5 Tadpoles from the Common Frog Rana temporaria spawn are just startimg to emerge.


10/04/21   Muntjac 2 Muntjac Deer Muntiacus reevesi a male and female, were seen in the fields in Area 7A.

02/04/21   Roe Deer It was a productive morning for mammals in Area 10. Seen were a pair of Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus , a solitary MuntjacDeer Muntiacus reevesi and a lot of Rabbit Orytolagus cuniculus .

Fish/ Crustaceans