Dry Drayton Nature Notes - January
Here we will build a collection of monthly nature notes for Dry Drayton. At the moment the page has only minimal information but this will build over coming months. You will find here information about regular and more unusual sightings of Parish flora and fauna - what to look out for while walking in the village. At the moment the page contains only very basic information from which we will build. Please send us your sightings to add to these pages or send your local wildlife queries to us.
John Clare, The Shepherd's Calendar 1827
The shepherd too in great coat wrapt
Still some berries in evidence around the village. There are a few funghi to be found, including the Bird's Nest Fungus, King Alfred's Cakes and Jew's Ear.
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January and February are the months to feed the birds with nuts or other food. The RSPB run their garden birds survey this month - 30-31 Jan 2010 is the next one - you can pre-register here: www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/
Birds in the village this month might include: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotter Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Yellow Hammer. Some of these may be attracted into gardens by nuts and other food.
Ponds and wet places may give sightings of: Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Kingfisher, ReedBunting
One of the rarest bird sightings in the village ever - a Waxwing was seen in Pettitts Lane on 30 Jan 2003.
Muntjac deer can often be seen on the road verge between Madingley and Dry Drayton. Foxes are more often smelt than seen. Badgers are here, but a rarer sight. Squirrels are more easily spotted with few leaves on the trees. Rabbits much in evidence foraging on the roadside verges.