The first Little Egret for a long time was seen circling over Area 5 this morning. A flock of approx 30 Redwing were also milling around . A Moorhen was on the Emm.
A Kingfisher was again by Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4 this morning, downstream of Dragonfly bridge was a male Bullfinch . 2 Pied Wagtails were in the balancing pond.
Not much to report today in Area 5, 2 Grey Heron flew over and a few Herring Gull were milling about. The Grey Wagtail has returned and seems to show an intrest in my neighbours roof.
A Mistle Thrush was seen in Area 10 near the Emm on the closed Golf Course by Steven Day
A Kingfisher was seen again at Kingfisher Bridge at 11:30 today.
Based on the tip off from Malcolm I visited Kingfisher Bridge at 08:30 and sat in a riverside bush was the Kingfisher who saw me and flew upstream to be replaced by a Grey Wagtail.
Fraser Cottington was in the Area 10 Lavells Lake car park field around 15:00. and saw
3-4 groups of Fieldfare, totaling about 90, 34 being the largest flock, a flock of 100 font color=#FFOOOO>Redwing,, approx 40 Greenfinch, the first 2 Lesser Redpoll of the Autumn over towards Lavell's Lake probably to roost, 1 Buzzard settled on a distant vent, on the landefill site, numerous Red Kites heading to an unknown roost, 1 Cetti's Warbler calling at the back of Lavell's Lake , a Pheasant that walked in front of him a Great Spoted Woodpecker ,Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, and a Bullfinch .
Malcolm Dunmore emailed the FOTEB site to let us know that he had seen a Kingfisher on at least 3 ocassions this week in Area 4 near Meadow Road bridge.
Fraser Cottington had a quick stroll around the Area 10 car park field at lunchtime today, and found a few Redwing, 2 Goldcrestand Ring-necked Parakeet heard.
With the weekend comes a bit more time to stand and stare. In Area 5, 25 species of birds were seen by 10:00. Highlights included a Kingfisher flying across my garden to investigate a neighbours pond at 07:15. A Sparrowhawk was pursing a Blackbird to the rear of Morrisons, the final outcome was unknown. A Grey Wagtail was in the balancing pond. The predicted rain was a bit late and a walk in Area 2 (behind Tesco's) late morning added another 5 with Buzzard, Kestrel & Grey Heron and as expected in this rural area a field with at least 150 feeding Rook & Jackdaw
Fraser Cottington saw Redwings coming to roost in Area 10 at the Lavells Lake car park field at 16:30. Also a a small unidentified raptor went over the sailing club car park.
The 2 Mute Swan cygnets were on the Emm again. this morning by Dragonfly Bridge to the rear of Morrisons. In the early rain 2 Collared Dove were "Rain bathing " holding thir wings skyward to allow the rain to get into their feathers. They then preened for about 5 minutes. 3 Egyptian Goose flew over S calling noisly.
In Area 5 by Dragonfly Bridge to the rear of Morrisons the 2 Mute Swan cygnets were swimming up and down the Emm between the bridges.
In Area 10 a Hornet Vespa crabro was seen feeding in the sunshine on Ivy flowers.
- In Area 5 this morning a very worn Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata was on my garage.
In Area 2 Great Reedmace Typha latifoli can be seen.
Great Reedmace, is also mistakenly known as 'Bulrush'. It is a familiar plant of freshwater margins such as the edges of ponds, lake, ditches and rivers. Its impressive stance - with long leaves and tall stems - makes it stand out from other wetlands plants. And its sausage-like flower heads are unmistakeable.
On an Oak tree near Meadow Road bridge was
Chicken of the Woods or Sulphur Polypore Laetiporus sulphureus . One of those bracket fungi that are instantly recognisable and a joy to behold.
There are very many species of fungi, perhaps 8 times as many species of fungi as flowering plants in UK so it is a huge task to learn them all, indeed even the experts struggle. However in Area 5 one of the commoner fungi Hairy Curtain Crust Stereum hirsutum was on a log of a felled tree.
In Area 5 a few more Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria have emerged under the Silver Birch trees.
In Area 5 a Mole Talpa europaea has been very busy, with these mole hills appearing overnight..
For a review of the sightings along the Emm for the first 8 months of 2014 click here May - August 2014 Sightings January - April 2014 Sightings
For a review of 2012 sightings click here 2012 Sightings
For a review of 2013 sightings click here 2013 Sightings