Latest Sightings September 2019

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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 ).

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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. W. H. Davies.


15/09/19 The Willow trees at the edge of the wet meadow in Area 10 were very productive for Anne Cronin. Seen were Nuthatch , Treecreeper , Willow Warbler , Chiffchaff , Goldcrest , Blue Tit , Great Tit , Coal Tit and Long-tailed Tit .

14/09/19 Fraser Cottington was in Area 10 and saw a late returning Swift heading South over the Picnic Area and 5 Blackcap in the Car Park field with 2 Skylark over heading East.

12/09/19 Autumn migration is in full swing. In Area 4 Paul Bright Thomas had a Meadow Pipit heading S, over his garden. In Area 10, 50+ Swallow were seen heading south by Richard Marsh.

09/09/19 A Marsh Harrier was seen flying west over the car park field in Area 10 by Tim James.

08/09/19   Grey Heron  Another bumper day in the sun at Area 10 this morning. A Grey Heron was by the Dinton Activity Centre, waiting for its breakfast.   Redstart  Meanwhile at the Bottom of the Car Park field a Juvenile Redstart was on the fence and in and around the Hawthorn bush at the bottom left along with numerous male and female Blackcap ,a flycatching Spotted Flycatcher ,calling male Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat ,2 Willow Warbler and a   Spotted Flycatcher  Garden Warbler. A steady flow of Swallow and House Martin were flying South over the field with a passage of Meadow Pipit .

07/09/19   Swallow  A Coal Tit appeared at my Area 5 garden feeders this morning along with the usual Blue Tit , Great Tit , Robin , Wood Pigeon , Collared Dove , Starling , Magpie and Nuthatch . In Area 1, Swallow were moving through the fields around Ludgrove with at least 20 seen. The School goalposts proved popular with a max of 15 resting on the crossbar.2 Ring necked Parakeet were calling and moving between the trees.In Area 10 a Redstart was seen at the bottom of the Car Park field by Lynn Mann.

05/09/19   Juv Common Tern  On the "Beach" in Area 10 by the Emm Brook at the Dinton Activity Centre, Richard Marsh saw a Wheatear and a Grey Wagtail was on the pontoon. Later an Adult and Juvenile Common Tern were also on the pontoon. The juvenile was constantly and noisily calling. A Grey Wagtail was also seen on the pavement by Woosehill Roundabout in Area 6 by Sean Stevenson.

03/09/19   Swallow  Hirundines were on the move this morning across the fields and skies in Area 2. At Ludgrove, a mixed flock of 50+ Swallow and House Martin were busy feeding when one landed on the Cows hay feeders infront of me. This was then joined by a Juvenille.  Juvenille Swallow  . A Little Owl was heard calling from the trees. Meanwhile in Area 10, Fraser Cottington also had a steady trickle of Hirundines moving over the Car Park Field. The 1st winter male Redstart was still present, along with Chiffchaff and Blackcap . A female Kestrel and a Green Woodpecker were also seen.

02/09/19   Dunlin  On my arrival this morning in Area 10 by the Emm Brook at the Dinton Activity Centre I was greeted on the "Beach" by John and Fraser and a superb Dunlin which stayed put despite the Dog Walkers. Also seen were 4 Pied Wagtail a Grey Wagtail on the pontoon and a flyby Kingfisher .   Pied Wagtail  In the Car Park field the 1st winter male Redstart was still present, along with a Spotted Flycatcher , Chiffchaff , and Blackcap . A Hobby was seen flying over by Richard Marsh and a Whitethroat by John Sheridan.2 House Martin also flew over.

01/09/19   Male Redstart  At 03:30 a calling Tawny Owl was heard, down by the river in Area 5, to the rear of Morrisons.At the bottom of the Car Park field in Area 10, 4 Redstart an adult summer male, a 1st winter male and 2 juvenile female on the fences and in the bushes seen by Trevor Guyatt and Fraser Cottington. Also seen were Spotted Flycatcher , Chiffchaff , Lesser Whitethroat , Whitethroat , Garden Warbler , Willow Warbler and numerous Blackcap . 3 Kestrel , were circling over the field and a Yellow Wagtail was heard calling, flying over.


15/09/19  Brimstone Moth The Moth trap was put out overnight on 14-15 /09/19 in my Area 5 garden. The highlights of what was seen, recorded and then released were, Centre Barred Sallow Atethmia centrago , Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata , Campion Campion Sideridis rivularis ,Setaceous Hebrew character Xestia c-nigrum White-point Mythimna albipuncta and Light Emerald Campaea margaritata . A Garden Spider Araneus diadematus was also waiting hopefully outside the trap.

14/09/19  Comma Underwing  Comma Butterflies seen on the wing this morning around the Car Park Field and Old Golf Course in Area 10 were Large White Pieris brassicae , Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta and Comma Polygonia c-album .  Male Common Darter A Male Common Darter Pararge aegeria Dragonfly and Common Blue Damsefly Enallagma cyathigerum were also seen. Smooth Rose pea gall On the Dog Rose in the CarPark Field was a Smooth Rose pea gall Diplolepis nervosa The smooth rose pea gall is caused either by cynipid wasp Diplolepis nervosa. The galls are more likely to be seen than the adult wasps.

10/09/19  Bishops Mitre During a lunchtime sweep of the horse fields at Ludgrove in Area 2 a Bishops Mitre Aelia acuminata Shieldbug was found.

08/09/19  Flounced Rustic In my Bathroom this morning was a Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea moth in the bath. Seen in Area 5 during a bit of Blackberry picking were Comma Polygonia c-album , Large White Pieris brassicae and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria .

05/09/19  Ptychoptera contaminata At this time of year when the number of Insects seen, decline, Flies become more prominent and are often seen basking in the sunshine on hedgerow leaves along the Emm. Keep an eye out for Green Bottle Lucilia sericata and Flesh Fly Sarcophaga sp .Seen on the Bramble leaves in Area 10 was the folded-wing Crane fly Ptychoptera contaminata .

02/09/19  Male Banded Demoiselle Butterflies seen on the wing this morning around the Car Park Field in Area 10 were Large White Pieris brassicae , Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta , Comma Polygonia c-album and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria .Damselflies included Male and female Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens and Common Blue Damsefly Enallagma cyathigerum .

Plants/ Trees

05/09/19   Rosehip In the hedgerows of the Car Park Field in Area 10 the fruits of the Dog Rose Rosa canina . These fruits are known as Rosehips. They begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn. These are a good food source for Winter Thrushes.

02/09/19   Elderberries In the Car Park Field in Area 10 the fruits of the Elder Sambucus nigra are just starting to ripen.These are a good food source for Birds at this time of year.

Other Wildlife

Amphibians and Reptiles


14/09/19  Hedgehog & Wood Mouse At least 2 European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus are still wandering around my Area 5 garden at night and were caught on camera along with a Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus visiting the feeding box.

02/09/19  Hedgehog In my Area 5 garden a European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus was caught on camera visiting my new Hedgehog feeding box. Hopefully this will keep the neighbourhood cats off the food.

Fish/ Crustaceans