30th September 2020, so I’ve been a bit busier than usual and have produced a book on birds called unsurprisingly ‘The Birds of Long Buckby’. It cost £15 and will hopefully raise money for Long Buckby Green Spaces. It is available at The Peephole or on line at longbuckbygreenspaces.com. 8 Redpoll and a Grey wagtail go over.
29th September, some midday warmth tempts me to Cotton End Park. I watch the last of the Common Darters egg-laying in the pond and grassland still has the odd Grasshopper/cricket whirring away. One or two Thistles and Knapweed are still in flower and as I scan the heads I see a rather old (probable) Brown Argus butterfly.
27th September, cold northerly and at the park winter is announced by the sight of 6 Redwings, the first of the incoming winter migrants. 3 Snipe are at the pond. A sunny afternoon is accompanied by the constant sound of a hedge flayer. It is a great shame that this job is now done at this time of year because the hedgerows are full of fruit and berries; tons of Hips, Haws, Sloes and Crab-apples that would go a long way to feed birds and mammals through the winter are being destroyed and wasted.
25th September, Mrs Spokes brings me a desiccated Long-eared Bat found in an outbuilding at Grange Farm.
23rd September, I am about to take the recycling bin down the drive to the place it gets emptied and realise there is distinct whiff of alcohol being emitted from it. This is quite normal but as I stand there a Hummingbird Hawk-moth appears and whizzes around the lid a few times. It then flies off erratically and crash lands on the gate presumably intoxicated. To mark to equinox our Robin sings us his winter song.
22nd September, at CEP 15 Redpoll, several Siskin, 5 Reed Buntings, a Jay, a Song Thrush, and 2 Stonechats are in the wildlife area. There are Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, with Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits, and to top off a good mornings birding a Snipe pops up, and a handful of the passing Meadow Pipits come down on the meadow so I can have a look at them.
16th September, I find a male Speckled Bush-cricket in my garden, and there seems to be a hatching of Crane flies. Swallows and Pipits flying south. Brian finds Birch Shieldbug on The Banks and the wonderful garden escapee, Apple of Peru or Shoo fly Plant off Bakers Lane.
15th September, Cath reports a Hedgehog from her garden off Wright Road. Gangs of juvenile Jackdaws are flying about hassling other birds. Half a dozen fly up from Market Place and mob a Red Kite. They were also seen doing the same thing to a Buzzard above Lime Avenue. A lunchtime trip to the pond at CEP is rewarded by a male Small Red-eyed Damsel plus the usual Common Darters egg-laying in tandem.
14th September, Alan reports roadkill Polecat and Muntjac from the Wharf, and Brian sees a Willow Emerald Damselfly at CEP.
9th September, Barn Owl and Small Copper seen. A flock of 7 Siskin disturbed from an Alder Stand at Hanglands, and there is still a passage of Meadow Pipits overhead.
8th September, a couple of people report that the stream through Mill Park and Park Field is heavily polluted with effluent. One traces it back to an outlet below some farm buildings nearby.
7th September, Little Egret reported, also singing Chiffchaff, and Mrs Barker has 2 Hedgehogs regularly off Greenhill. Sue and Chris visit Evans’ Ponds and see Chiffchaff, House Martin, and a Dabchick with juvenile. Comma, Speckled Wood, and Small Copper represent the butterflies and they also see a Cinnamon Bug.
6th September, 2 Willow Warblers are calling from the pollarded Limes in St Lawrence’s churchyard. At CEP there is plenty of bird activity prior to the first visitors, with an adult and juvenile Green Woodpecker on the meadow. Great-spotted Woodpecker is calling and there are juvenile Bullfinches, with Goldfinches and a Chaffinch in the Nettle bed. Overhead there is a constant stream of Meadow Pipits, with the odd Siskin, Grey and Yellow Wagtails. An adult and juvenile Spotted Flycatcher sat atop the Willows in the wildlife area. Red Admiral and Large White were about and Southern and Migrant Hawker, along with Common and Ruddy Darter were also noted.
4th September, a Jay moving along hedges off Foxhill Road is the first I’ve seen for ages.