September - overview
September sees the transition from Summer to Autumn, the weather
can still be warm but the shortening days bring change such as
cold nights and with it the possibility of frost. The Autumn Equinox,
21st - 23rd September is when there is equal periods of night
and day and marks the start of Autumn. This period is celebrated
as Harvest Festival, and is known as the 2nd harvest, the first
being August 1st known as Lammas
What to see
By now most birds will have finished moulting their feathers.
There is still plenty of food to eat, but as the month progresses
they will begin to establish their territory in preparation for
winter. Summer visitors such as Swallows
leave early in the month. Other birds such as Meadow
start to migrate to lowland areas.
insect population declines rapidly with the progress of the month.
This is the time that wasps
may become more of a nuisance. During the summer they have been
feeding their larvae in return for sugar saliva. Now there is
no larvae to feed as the queen has stopped laying eggs, the wasps
search for other food such as fruit to feed on.
are now becoming scarcer as our weather becomes a challenge for
them; cold wet and wind makes it difficult for them to survive.
The large Hawkers such as the Common
will be seen less, the smaller Common
Darter (photo left)
is probably the one dragonfly
you are likely to see during the month.
can be seen, noticeable by their long
dangling legs and weak flight. House
as their name suggests are seen in the house,
looking for somewhere warm now the weather is becoming cooler.
is flowering early September, its pods exploding
as it spreads seed in a wide direction. The hedgerows are full
of berry particularly Hawthorn
elderberry and blackberry
The leaves of deciduous trees begin to take on their russet colours.
Fungi start to appear in woodland and fields.
15th September 2008; Swallows
left Greenfields Haworth to migrate south. Over the summer they
raised two broods, 4 chicks and then 5 chicks which all fledged
21st September 2009 Swallows left Greenfields Haworth, raised
exactly the same brood as in 2008.
Az nice a munth az yoh cud wish, Fur eightin venison or fish
Bill o 'th' Hoylus September 1873
An now the reaper fills hiz greedy hands, An binds the golden
sheaf wi' brittly bands.
Bill o 'th' Hoylus September 1874
If you have any dates, information about weather or observations
about nature, stories or folklore relating to this month contact
us and if suitable will add to the page - please local to Haworth
and the surrounding area only.