September 5th – I spotted a common frog in the garden tonight but didn’t manage to get a photo. House martin’s and some unidentified geese flew over the field.
September 7th – there were rabbit’s in the field this morning. It is so rare I actually see them that it is so nice when I do.
September 10th – all of the hedgerows are being cut back as the ditches are being cleared and piping put in ready for the winter. It looks very bare where everything is being removed 🙁
September 13th – this evening there was a common wasp on the ivy flowers at the front of the house. Its lovely to see them using the ivy, I have made sure that no one has cut it back!
September 16th – finally a picture of the common frog who has been using the back garden. I must start wandering around in the garden after dark more… I found a brown garden snail eating the blackberries I had relocated for the birds, who have unfortunately ignored them. At least someone was making the most of them!
September 17th – I took a walk into the field this evening to look at the hedgerow and the ditch that they have dug out. What I wasn’t expecting to find was quite so much rubbish! There are loads of plastic bags, traffic cone parts, bits of metal fencing etc I will have to start to pick it all up before the field is planted again! I don’t think the contractor who dug the ditch is coming back to do it! The rabbits still have burrows, though, I think they would have had to dug themselves out as their original entrance holes were mainly covered over. When I reached the copse a roe deer appeared from around the corner. I didn’t take a ‘proper’ camera with me as I was only going to look at the hedge! At sunset about 40 geese flew over in 3 separate batches.
Tonight I heard a tawny twooing – I have now signed up for the BTO’s ‘tawny owl calling survey’. All you have to do is listen once a week between September 30th and March 31st for 20 minutes a week and record if you hear a tawny or not. You don’t have to listen every week if you don’t have the time, but a minimum of six records is recommended – you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to, you can listen with a window open! Check out more information and how to sign up HERE
September 20th – this evening there were martins swirling in the wind over the garden, it makes me happy and sad at the same time knowing that they will be leaving us soon.
September 23rd – this evening there was a common toad in the garden, I think it lives under the step to the back door.
September 27th – it is starting to feel more like Autumn, there was a mist over the field this morning. This afternoon I found a rove beetle near the bird feeders.