Latest Sightings November 2013

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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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23/11/13 In Area 5 the cold weather has brought with it the first sizeable flocks of Siskin with 15 on the Alders to the rear of Morrisons.

18/11/13 13 Fieldfare were seen over Area 4 by Paul Bright Thomas and a Brambling was heard calling flying over high west.

16/11/13 Flying upstream along the Emm Brook by Woosehill roundabout in Area 5 at 09:15 this morning was a Kingfisher , while 11 Fieldfare were seen over Area 4 by Paul Bright Thomas .

15/11/13 In Area 4 Paul Bright Thomas was watching from his backgarden this morning when approx 1,434 Wood Pigeon flew over in 15 mins. The largest flock was 300 in a broad front.

13/11/13 In Area 4 Paul Bright Thomas saw approx 480 Wood Pigeon with several l flocks of 100. Also two Stock Dove in with one flock and 3 Siskin .

12/11/13 In Area 5 a Kingfisher was flying upstream by Ripplestream Bridge.

10/11/13 A brighter day in Area 5 with the afternoon warming up enough to entice 3 Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk circling on the thermals. A smaller movement of Wood Pigeon with just 70 over in small groups all headingly strongly south. A Grey Heron was eyeing back garden ponds and the resident Mistle Thrush was defending its favourite tree and chasing off allcomers.

09/11/13 Watching the skies over Area 5 this morning produced a solitary Ring-necked Parakeet flying NW , approx 250 Wood Pigeon heading S in 2 groups , 35 Redwing milling about and a small charm of approx 20 Goldfinch. Meanwhile in Area 10 Alan Rymer saw at least 20Fieldfare feeding in tree's along Emmbrook with 20 or soRedwing,2 Blackbirds and a Song thrush .

06/11/13 In Area 10 Fraser Cottington was watching the car park field for an hour . Out and about were 4Ring-necked Parakeet , 1Mistle Thrush , 3-4 Lesser Redpoll with Goldfinch. A Barn Owl was seen in the Barn Owl box by Lavells Lake on the 5th.

01/11/13 Gt Spotted Woodpecker & Mistle Thrush In Area 10 this morning a male Phesant was strutting through the Car Park field and a noisy Ring necked Parakeet was circling the car park. Approx 50 Redwing flew W and at least 2 Mistle Thrush were seen . A small flock of Lapwing were also milling about. In Area 8 off Old Forest Road, 4 Ring necked Parakeet were heading E calling. In a nearby tree was a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Mistle Thush . In Area 4 Paul Bright Thomas was watching from his back garden and saw 55 Starling over in 2 flocks, 3 Meadow Pipit's heading W and 1 Lesser Redpoll going S.

Insects & Spiders

02/11/13 Red Green Carpet Attracted to the light outside my front door was a Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata .

Other Wildlife


24/11/13 Molehill No mammals seen today, but plenty of signs where they had been. Lots of new Molehills have appeared. Molehills or "heaves" are usually every couple of metres where the mole digs a vertical shaft, straight up to the surface, and pushes all the freshly dug soil up and out of it. A moles day lasts for about four hours. At least it's active for four hours, and then it sleeps for four hours.They can shift about 6 kilos (13lbs) of soil every 20 minutes. As the leaves come off the trees you can now see Squirrel'sDrey's Squirrel's Drey The drey is about the size of a football, made of twigs, often with the leaves still attached. It is built fairly high in a tree and lined with dry grass, shredded bark, moss and feathers. A summer drey is usually quite flimsy and lodged among small branches. Sometimes the squirrel may make its nest in a hollow trunk or take over a rook's nest, constructing a roof for it. A squirrel may build several dreys.



14/11/13 Shaggy Inkcap In Area 5, briefly before being trod on were these Shaggy InkcapCaprinus camatus .

02/11/13 Fly Agaric I was wondering when they would appear, so I was glad to see that the Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria were back under the Silver Birch in Area 5. Boletus cisalpinus Sepia Bolete In the same area were what I believe to be Boletus cisalpinus andSepia Bolete Boletus porosporus .


01/11/13 White Nettle At this time of year, the flowers that are out seem to be predominately white. These include White dead-nettleLamium album , Yarrow Achillea millefolium , with still some Meadow Sweet Filipendula ulmaria and Yarrow Achillea millefolium hanging on. Purple Clover However in Area 8 this morning there was a flower or two of Purple Clover Trifolium pratense visible.

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