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November 2009

December moth a Red Kite was over Waltham Road early afternoon. A December Moth was new for the Parish in 2009.
Right: December Moth, Poecilocampa populi (Picture: Mike Wall)
possible Brambling in a Bridge Street garden would have been the firs late year birds recorded locally, these being joined by Coal Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker, among others.
two Little Egret were seen in Southington early morning. The last night of the Garden Moth Scheme produced just one moth, a Merveille du Jour.
several of the O.B.S. membership visited the Isle of Wight, a day later than originally planned. Wildlife highlights of the trip included Red Squirrel, Black-throated Diver, Black Redstart, male Peregrine, Guillemot, 20 Little Egret, 230+ Golden Plover, Kingfisher and Red-green Carpet.
Right: Merveille du Jour, Dichonia aprilina (Picture: Mike Wall)
a Little Egret was in Flashetts.
a Red Kite was again over the village while the Little Egret was again flushed from The Test in Flashetts.
by midday two Raven, four Red Kite and singletons of both Sparrowhawk and Buzzard had passed over Overton, all but the accipiter south-west. An Ash Bud Moth of the form rustica was trapped in a Woodlands garden. A Pheasant visited a Bridge Street garden.
Fieldfare at least 15 Fieldfare were unexpected visitors to a Dellands garden Hawthorn.
Right: Fieldfare, Turdus pilaris. Nowhere near as frequent a winter visitor as Redwing, and usually arriving later in the winter locally
a Little Egret was on the filtration pools, Station Road.
a few Redwing were noted moving over mid-morning.
a Red Kite moved low north-east over Woodlands shortly before dark.
a visit by a non-local carrying out survey work to the area north of the village produced:
Magpie "I spent two hours today in SU55B north of Overton. It's all farmland with very little woodland. I set myself a target of 30 species, notwithstanding the windy weather. It turned out to be very good indeed, with 42 species, including 6 Red Kites, 10 Buzzards, a Peregrine sat in a field, a superb ringtail Hen Harrier which I saw twice at close range hunting over maize crops, 240 Red-leg Partridges (in an area that is part of the Grey Partridge recovery scheme - but none seen), two flocks of 125 and 50 Skylarks, two flocks of 20 and 100 Linnets, 2 Ravens and 2 Golden Plovers. I managed Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Gt Spotted Wood, recorded only 2 Wrens and 1 Robin, and missed Rook!" John Clark
a garden-visiting Magpie off Bridge Street was one of few recorded about the village.
Right: Magpie, Pica pica. Some love them, some hate them! Do however ensure that you are getting your facts right before you slander them!
a Red Kite lingered low over the Station Road area late morning.

Contributors: John Clark, June Gibbs, Bryher Hutchins, Peter E. Hutchins, Kelvin Leslie, Mindy Noble, Chanel Rae, Margaret Rainford & Valda Stevens.

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