The beginning of the month (1st-5th) saw Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Large White and Small White in and around the garden.
Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters were also seen.
A Greenshank was heard calling in the afternoon (6th).
A ‘small’ Bat, probably a Pipistrelle species was flying back and forth at the front of the property at 19.56 (8th).
A Soprano and Hog Day......
A male Common Darter was warming-up on the paving stone in the garden (10th).
In the evening at 19.46 two ‘small’ Bats appeared again at the front of the property; twisting and turning and diving down, only a few inches above the ground. The Bat-detector was brought out and the readings suggest that these were Soprano Pipistrelles Pipistrellus pygmaeus which echolocates around 55 kHz compared to Common Pipistrelle P. pipistrellus which is around 45 kHz. Fantastic sod the England game!
Later, at 23.29 a Hedgehog was seen coming for food in the garden. Although there had been no actual sightings for a while; the evidence of peanuts being gone in the morning and the occasional dropping suggests that a Hedgehog had been regularly visiting.
A Hedgehog was seen in the garden at 03.17 (11th) feeding on peanuts, but as usual ignoring the hedgehog biscuits.
Swallows and House Martins were overhead in the afternoon heading southwards and a Hobby flew over too.
A Great Tit (not a common occurrence here!) was heard and seen at the front of the property, where there were both Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers.
Two Soprano Pipistrelles put in an appearance at 19.45 and for only the second time recorded here (since moving here in February 2018) a Tawny Owl was heard calling several times somewhere to the west and then to the north-west of the property.
A queen Tree Bumblebee was in the garden (12th), along with several Small White and a Large White.
A Hobby was seen on two occasions, during the early evening (16th), flying north to south and then a while later south to north, before being lost to view over Martham church.
The first Pink-footed Geese of the autumn were heard calling somewhere to the west, again in the evening.
A new mammal was recorded (19th) when a ‘young’ Grey Squirrel was seen climbing up and down the trees at the front of the property before running along the grass in front of the properties opposite.
Although this may come as a surprise to most people, that this is the first one I have seen here, perhaps this is further evidence of the lack of habitat and suitable food sources for woodland species in general; Titmice are not at all commonly seen here even in the winter.
A Jay was seen in flight at the front of the property (21st), the first record of this species.
A Robin was the first in the garden for a very long while (23rd) just another indication of the lack of habitat and species in this area and elsewhere? A Common Buzzard was also seen to the west.
Approximately 180 Pink-footed Geese flew east (27th) and a Common Buzzard also put in an appearance.
A new mammal species was recorded from the property (29th) when an immature Brown Rat was seen being carried in the jaws of one of the many domestic cats that are in the immediate area here!
Pink-footed Geese sightings increased with at least 250 heading east in the late afternoon and a Small White was in the garden dodging the showers and a lone House Martin (the first seen for a while) was seen moving in a southerly direction.
A Jay was seen again to the west (30th), no doubt ferrying acorns to burial sites.