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Killymarley. September.weclome And Unwelcome Returns

Posted Wednesday 30th September 2009 at 15:28 by Monahawk
September proved to be a much drier month with generally settled and mild weather throughout. There were few days of rainfall. This was a welcome respite from the wet July and August.
Swallows and House Martins were in abundance still but their numbers had dwindled by the final week.Autumn passage of Meadow Pipits continued and on the 27th 3 Skylarks flew over on their way perhaps to the coastal flatlands in the east.
Chiffchaffs remained all month with one bird singing locally as if it were spring. Willow Warblers had gone by the second week. A male Blackcap flew low over our lawn with a Blue Tit in tow on the 9th and one was heard utterering a subsong on the 27th.
Corvids rule supreme in these parts, but Jays are rare with usually only one record per year, so it was nice to see two birds together possibly searching for beech mast or acorns on the 17th.
Snipe sadly failed to breed here this year so it was nice to see 3 birds flying around on the 16th.
On the 26th the area was treated to by the visit of a passing Peregrine, the first seen here since June.
Mistle Thrushes absent all last month returned in small numbers with some taking up sentry duties on Holly and Hawthorn berry trees ready to do battle with the soon to arrive Redwings and Fieldfares, not seen yet.
Robins are singing well and territories are being created.
A welcome return here is the Goldcrest. These were common here until the harsh winter weather of January and February which all but wiped them out locally.But this month small numbers have been seen foraging through trees and hedges with parties of tits. I'm glad to see them back.
A not so welcome return here is the Grey Squirrel last see in this locality 3 years ago. One was heard calling in some nearby Beech trees early in the month,then I saw one scampering along the road on the 27th. A first time garden visit occured two days later but it didn't stay too long when it saw our dog.
I'm glad I harvested our Hazel and Cobb nuts in our garden before these perishers pinch them all.
Butterfly numbers were healthy during the first two weeks of the month but by its end only the odd Red Admiral or Peacock were seen.I'll miss the mass numbers of Painted Ladies we had this year.
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