Fraser Cottington was out and about early this morning in Area 10. A
Barn Owl was seen quartering the car park
field at 05:20, a Nuthatch was also heard
calling. On the Dinton Pastures golf course adjacent to the Emm an
Oystercatcher was seen.
23/06/13 A Red
Kite was up early this morning seen inspecting rear gardens in Area
5 at 05:30 .
20/06/13 Heading NW, this morning were 3
numbers have now swelled to 3, patrolling the skies over Area 5.
Garden watching before work in Area 5 included a flyover Cormorrant
, a busy Coal Tit at the feeders and
unfortunately a casualty in the shape of a juv Coal
Tit into the neighbours window. A quick look in the evening
produced 2 Swift feeding over Brookside.
15/06/13 For the last few days a juvenille
Robin has been putting in an appearance
around my Area 5 birdtables. More breeding success.
13/06/13 A ragged looking Coal
Tit has been coming backwards and forwards to the sunflower heart
feeder in Area 5.
08/06/13 A Grey
Wagtail was on the weir by Woosehill roundabout, this afternoon .
08/06/13 There was evidence of successfull
breeding (of an avian kind) to the rear of Morrisons in Area 5 this
morning. Feeding juvenilles in the Alder tree were Long tailed Tit and Nuthatch. High in an adjacent
tree young Great spotted Woodpecker were
calling nosily for their parents from a nest hole. The warm afternoon
proved ideal for raptors with 3 Red Kite on
the thermals over Emmbrook School in Area 6.
06/06/13 A male Sparrowhawk plunged into a tree this morning in
Area 5, clearly with breakfast on his mind. All the assembled Starlings & Goldfinches seemed to escape
safely. Over Paul Bright Thomas's Area 4 garden this evening 6 Swift and a Common Tern
flying E calling.
01/06/13 The start of a new month always
brings a sense of eager expectation of what might be to come. Halfway
through the year, the new arrivals slow down and the residents get down
to breeding. In Area 4 & 5 today it was pretty much as last month
left off. Juvenille Starling's were
noisly begging adults for food. Seen foraging for food and then flying
off presumably to waiting chicks, with full beaks were Blue
Tit , Great Tit, Nuthatch, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush & Song Thrush
. Still singing and possibly looking for a mate were male Blackcap & Chiffchaff A Red Kite was hunting over Area 5 to the rear of
Morrisons. On the Emm itself were Moorhen &
Mallard . Not seen for a few days, but with the weather warming
up, a party of Swift's were screeching
over my Area 5 garden. Other Wildlife
Reptiles & Amphibians
In Area 9 Blackberry Gardens at
lunchtime, I was suprised to see this Roe
Deersitting in the grass. .
Seen in Area 4 by Tamara Parnell was Chicken of the Woods Laetiporus sulphureus
One just starting and the other in all its glory . The large one is by
Meadow Road bridge , the small one near Snowberry Close.
Chicken-of-the-woods is a bracket fungus that usually grows in tiers of
up to twenty brackets. It has a fan shape with rounded edges that become
more in-curved as it gets older. The colour is a deep orangey-yellow to
lemon on top with sulphur yellow undersides when the fungus is young
fading to pale yellow or white as it ages. The bracket edge feels like
velvet or suede and the pores of fresh brackets give off pale-yellow
Chicken-of-the-woods may be found in broadleaved woods where it grows
on dead and living trees. Its hosts are usually oaks and sweet chestnuts.
As its name suggests, chicken-of-the-woods has the texture and flavour of
chicken. It is one of the few edible bracket fungi and is eagerly looked
for on mushroom forays.