Wildlife Diary for October 2020

Hornet by Lee

30th October, large flock of Fieldfares, perhaps 120, with 60 odd Starlings and Redwings noted. 2 Snipe at CEP also Grey and Pied Wagtails. The Rooks are restless and a few are displaying. Lots of fungi reported, and Lee sees a Hornet on Ivy off Lodge Lane.

25th October, a sunny Sunday at Cotton End Park sees a Migrant Hawker and Common Darter still about the ponds, and a couple of Chiffchaff still singing. There also seems to be an influx of Blackbirds with a good dozen noted at the park and several from gardens. Mr Gardner reports Little Egret. Kingfisher and Little Owl from Lodge Park Farm. There are 8 Gadwall and a Grey Wagtail as well. Woodcock reported.

22nd October, A Little Owl is calling and flies about on a large Ash tree behind the pond at Lakeside. Mr Green reports Bats and Tawny Owl. I re-find the Chaffinch flock at CEP and amongst them is at least one Brambling. Lots of noisy Black-headed Gulls about.

18th October, at CEP a flock of Chaffinch 40 strong are feeding up in the Sycamores, and Fieldfares go over. Tawny Owl reported from Murcott and Little Owl from Lime Avenue. Mr Evans sees about 3 Bramblings, with Chaffinches off East Street. Adam sends me a video of an Otter from his garden by the canal at Long Buckby Wharf. Siskin, Bullfinch and Redpoll reported.

Tawny Owl by Susannah
Sparrowhawk by Susannah

17th October, on footpath off Foxhill Road near Evans’ Ponds, a pair of Mute Swan, a Kingfisher and a male Stonechat. Also Kite, Goldcrest, Redwings, Chiffchaff and Coal tit.

12th October, 9 Fieldfares over Brington Road and Brambling reported.

11th October, Sunday work party and the weather is set fair. I always go early to unlock and check ‘round. Standing on the platform by the pond I listen to Reed Bunting, Jays and Robin calling and see Green Woodpecker and Mistle Thrush. There are several flocks of Redwing going over numbering between 20 and 60 birds per flock. At 0930hrs I hear an unusual but faintly familiar call and look up to see a Woodlark going over. I watch it through my bins’ as it disappears WNW. This new for the park and parish. Today will be a good day.

10th October, our LBGS/Cotton End Park fund-raiser on Market Place is well attended and whilst selling ‘The Birds of Long Buckby’ I get lots of casual records including from Steve and Martha who see Kingfisher, Steve on the canal at The Wharf and Martha near St Lawrence’s.

9th October, Keith reports an Egret from Bridge House Farm Lake.

8th October, off The Banks, along the farm track and turn right along to Gossell Hill where on the fence line with Brakeney Meadow sits a Stonechat. Greenfinch flies over.


7th October, Bridge House Farm Lake holds several Mallard, Gadwall, Teal and at least 2 male Shoveler. I also think a saw 2 Wigeon, but I am looking into the morning sun.

6th October, windy but sunny sees Comma, Speckled Wood and Common Darter reported. Its evening and I nearly jump out my chair when a Little Owl calls loudly down our chimney.

4th October, some sheep work and a dog walk at Grange Farm is rewarded by 3 Crossbill flying over with 10 Meadow Pipits, 4 Siskin, 1 Skylark and 2 Raven also over. Ploughing off Foxhill Road attracts 150 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed, 2 Common Gull and a handful of Stock Doves and Rooks. Goldcrests reported.

3rd October, Storm Alex has sent 4 Teal to the shelter of the main pond at CEP. 4 Chiffchaff are also there singing away like its springtime. The strong winds are a challenging experience for a Magpie off The Chase but the Ravens overhead just power through.

1St October, Richard reports dead and dying Wood Pigeons from Pytchley Drive and The Banks.

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