Latest Sightings December 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 ).

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

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.

Birds

15/12/19 As we get closer to the "Shortest Day" it was another dismal start to my wanderings . My Bird feeders were filled and ready for the invasion.A Great Spotted Woodpecker was on the Sunflower Hearts, Starling were eating the Mealworms and Fatballs . Meanwhile Collared Dove , Magpie and Wood Pigeon were demolishing anything edible.

12/12/19 Egyptian Goose Despite the non stop rain all day, I braved the Area 1 elements at Luckley in my lunch time. On the flooded field were 15 Mallard , 1 Grey Heron and 2 Egyptian Goose grazing the field. A Red Kite and Common Buzzard were patrolling the fields.

09/12/19 A Kingfisher was briefly perched in its usual place upstream of Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4 at 12:45. It unfortunately saw me and flew further upstream around the bend and out of sight.

07/12/19 Mistle Thrush On a murky,mucky morning when it seemed as if the sun would never rise in Area 5 a solitary Redwing appeared in my neighbours Ash tree. The feeders were swamped by Magpie , Wood Pigeon , Starling and Collared Dove . A very noisy Herring Gull flew over calling at 07:30. Eventually when the "Vultures" had disappeared Blue Tit , Great Tit and Goldfinch appeared. Down by the river 3, Mistle Thrush were calling from the tree tops and Greenfinch were feeding in the riverside Alder trees.

05/12/19 On the Lavells Lake Wet Meadows in Area 10 a Grey Wagtail was seen by Bob Bennett.

04/12/19  Male Peregrine A male Peregrine was sat in tall Poplars near the Emm Brook in Area 10 seen and photographed by Geoff Emmett.

02/12/19 Sparrowhawk A menacing looking Sparrowhawk appeared at the feeders in my Area 5 garden this morning. Not suprisingly nothing was there on its arrival. 7 Song Thrush were feeding on the weedy area in Area 8 along with, 2 Carrion Crow and 2 Magpie . A Grey Heron flew in from Area 7 over Old Forest Road.

Insects

03/12/19 Eudonia angustea Attracted to my lit kitchen window in Area 5 was a Eudonia angustea micromoth.This moth usually has a late flight period from July through to early November. But this one clearly doesn't know the rules.

02/12/19 Seen flying in the weak sunlight in Area 7 was a Queen Buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris the species is becoming winter-active, with nest establishment in October-November and workers flying all winter.

Plants/ Trees

02/12/19  Aspen with lenticels In Area 7 alongside the river several Aspen Populus tremula are displaying lenticels on the bark. Lenticels function as a pore, providing a pathway for the direct exchange of gases between the internal tissues and atmosphere through the bark, which is otherwise impermeable to gases.

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Fungi

Amphibians and Reptiles

Mammals

15/12/19 Caught on the trailcam, overnight in my Area 5 garden was a Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus .

08/12/19 In a neighbours garden in Area 5 a European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus was seen feeding.

02/12/19 During the clearing of the nest boxes in Area 7 a very light coloured Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus jumped out of the dome shaped Wren nest box. The Mouse had filled it with suitable bedding material for the winter. The lid was put back on and it was left in peace after its rude awakening.

Fish/ Crustaceans

Molluscs