November may appear to be the quietest month for watching wildlife but if you leave the cosy fire side and get outside you should be pleasantly surprised what you can find or see.
So what to look or listen for this Month.
- Look for flocks of waders, wildfowl and geese especially at coastal estuaries, marshland or nature reserves.
- Geese are often seen flying locally in a V formation. Gulls and some wildfowl will do the same.
- Woodlands are a good place in the late afternoon to see birds and squirrels (unfortunately grey ones locally), busily feeding. We saw a Barn owl flying around the fields next to Ashwellthorpe wood at 3.30pm this week , already out hunting.
- As the trees start to lose their leaves it is a good time to look out for Mistletoe, Ivy and Bracket fungi (fungi growing on the base of tree trunks.) also you can see old bird’s nests. That includes woodpecker hole in the trees especially in the local woods.
- Due to the very dry late summer and early autumn the fungi have been late to appear but after the rain over the last few weeks there is a lot more emerging. Remember some are poisonous so only pick and eat them if you are sure!
- Look out for tracks and signs -footprints of mammals and birds in the mud or soft ground or shells of nuts that have been eaten by small mammals.
- Look out for feathers and Owl pellets these are undigested skin, bones and fur of their prey which has been regurgitated. You may see skulls of small mammals.
- Large spiders coming into the house for shelter as the weather get colder.(Please do not squash them or flush them down the sink. Try catching them in a glass, slide a thin piece of cardboard between the glass and the surface they are on and release them out side in a sheltered place.
- Flocks of Starlings especially going to roost.
- Flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares have arrived from Scandinavia. Listen to their loud clacking calls as they flight over head See pages on these in General Info on Wildlife page
- Pied wagtails are congregating.
- A splash of colour flying into the hedges could be Bullfinches.
- Look for lots of different berries in the hedgerows.
- Worth keeping the nuts and other bird food topped up especially in cold weather as it could attract some long-tailed, coal and marsh tits. Plus help all the other species.
- This is a good time to think of digging a pond which will help wildlife especially in the spring. Also putting up nest boxes which might be used in the spring.Work like this will keep you warm in the garden.