Latest Sightings October 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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19/10/17 Again I was woken this morning at 05:15 by a calling Tawny Owl this time however a male.

18/10/17 On a stroll around Area 2 today, it was all a bit quiet. Highlights were a Grey Wagtail , a Little Egret being mobbed by Jackdaw and about 15 Redwing.

16/10/17  Hawfinch I was woken this morning at 05:15 by a calling female Tawny Owl very close to my house. There didn't appear to be a male response. Meanwhile Paul Bright Thomas was in Area 4 with a Kingfisher flying up the river near Kingfisher Bridge, 8 Meadow Pipit overhead heading S ,a Skylark also heading S, a Siskin , and 5 Redwing.  Hawfinch However the best of the day was 5 Hawfinch.The South of England currently is having a bit of an influx of these birds.Photos courtesy of Paul Bright Thomas.In the afternoon in Area 8 around Old Forest Road Meadows Paul O'Neill saw a Coal Tit with a small group of Long-tailed Tit , also a Grey Wagtail and a Green Woodpecker. A group of thrushes working the hedgerows included at least 4 Blackbird , 2 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing , Also a Chiffchaff , Great - spotted Woodpecker and fly-overs from 2 Egyptian Goose and Little Egret .

12/10/17 Paul Brignt Thomas was again wandering out and about in Area 4. Todays sightings were a calling Meadow Pipit overhead a Song Thrush, Coal Tit and Chiffchaff. 5 Canada Goose 6 Pied Wagtail, Siskin and Linnet. Meanwhile Richard Marsh was in the Area 10 Car Park field with a Coal Tit and a Goldcrest. Fraser Cottington saw a Kestrel over the Area 10 landfill.

11/10/17 A Marsh Tit was reported over the Emm Brook in Area 10 by Alan Rymer.

10/10/17 A quick pop home at lunch time and a Buzzard was drifting over my Area 5 garden being mobbed by 2 noisy Black headed Gull.

09/10/17 This morning was mild with a very overcast afternoon however Paul Bright Thomas was in Area 4 with another Song Thrush over his garden.In a visit to Area 10 and the car park field he saw a Meadow Pipit, Coal Tit, Bullfinch, a solitary Siskinand 10 Song Thrush, 2 Snipe were heading S.

07/10/17 In the Area 10 Lavells Lake car park field , 15 Redwing dropped into the car park field. The first of the Autumn's returning Scandanavian wanderers seen by Fraser Cottington.

06/10/17 Seen today by Paul Bright Thomas in Area 4 was a Song Thrush , 2 Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Linnet and 11 Rook. Flying upstream along the Emm was a Kingfishernear the weir pool. It was also seen a bit later flying downstream by Ripplestream Bridge.

06/10/17 Area 8 was a bit quiet today as Paul O'Neill was strolling around. 2 Buzzard and a female/juvenile Kestrel were the sum of the excitement.

03/10/17 3 of the resident Ring necked Parakeet were heard and then seen flying around Area 10 and the Car Park field.

01/10/17 My morning was spent around Area 10 and the Car Park field. 4 Swallow were heading S, as were 20 Meadow Pipit . Chiffchaff and Blackcap were calling and a Little Egret was seen flying over the landfill.5 Song Thrush were repeatedly visiting the Hawthorn bush at the bottom of the car park field In Area 5 in the afternoon a Common Buzzard was seen over Brookside.Paul O'Neill was in Area 8 and saw 2 Chiffchaff . In the afternoon a Yellowhammer was in the hedges, and a flock of 50+ House Martin flew over. In Area 7 a Little Egret was seen near the river in the top of a large Willow tree.


15/10/17  Garden Spider A Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis was flying around my front door in this afternoons sun. Possibly looking for somewhere to hibernate.Also around my garden in good numbers are Garden Spider Araneus diadematus these spiders are easy to recognise by their large size (13 mm) and cruciform (Cross) white markings. It is particularly noticeable in late summer to autumn when numbers peak and the large orb webs can be highlighted by dew.

14/10/17 A Large White Pieris brassicae butterfly was on the wing this afternoon in Area 4.

06/10/17  Red Admiral Roland Ramsdale has had a good year for Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta in Winnersh (Area 9 ) which have been feeding on his garden Ivy blossom. Ivy forms a great habitat for a range of wildlife - the dense shelter provides a safe nesting site for birds, the blossom is excellent for wasps, bees and hoverflies, the berries are essential for the Holly Blue and Roland has even found a slowworm sheltering under Ivy on top of a low garden wall at his house in Winnersh.

03/10/17  Ivy Bee In Area 5 again in the sunlight was a Ivy Bee Colletes hederae not suprisingly foraging for pollen on the Ivy flowers. This bee was first recorded in the UK in 2001, it has now been found in much of southern England and Wales and in the Channel Islands. The adult bees emerge late in the year coinciding with the start of the flowering season of their main food plant (Ivy). The males normally emerge a little bit earlier from the end of August followed by the females starting to emerge from early September. They are usually on the wing until early November.

01/10/17 In my Area 5 garden this morning a Hornet Vespa crabro briefly visited the garden Buddleia, despite it not being in flower .In the afternoon a Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta was sitting on the patio lights.

Other Wildlife


08/10/17 Oxeye Daisy Around the pond in Area 5 Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare continue to hang on. A typical grassland plant, the Oxeye Daisy thrives on roadside verges , traditional hay meadows and along field edges deliberately looked after for wildflowers Its large blooms appear from July to September and are so bright that they appear to 'glow' in the evening, hence the common names of 'Moon Daisy' and 'Moonpenny'. So these ones are doing well in October.

01/10/17 Honeysuckle At the bottom of the car park field in Area 10 is flowering Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum also known as Woodbine It is a deciduous, woody climber. It entwines around other trees and shrubs (in a clockwise manner), the flowers are a good food source at this time of the year.


07/10/17 Hedgehog In my Area 5 garden this evening at least 1 adult and 1 juvenile Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus  Juvenile Hedgehog were still foraging around the garden.


14/10/17 Fairy Ring On the lawn of my Area 5 house, is part of what I believe to be a Fairy Ring Marasmius oreades . Apparently not a "perfect lawn" man's friend.

01/10/17 Agrocybe arvalis In a wood chip pile in Area 10 were Agrocybe arvalis .



14/10/17 Katrina Arnwyll was in Old Forest Road Meadows (Area 8 ) this evening , where she saw a very large Signal Crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus in the Emm from the bridge.