Friday, 16 March 2018


A couple of hours on Narroways this morning produced 2 Ravens at the nest - one looks like it's sitting on eggs! Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew calling over the cutting from the ash wood towards the orchard. At Boiling Wells a singing Song Thrush and Greenfinch plus a courting pair of Dunnocks. Near the Ashley Hill end of the stony path there was a party of 2 Great Tits, 2 Blue Tits and 5 Long-tailed Tits. Plenty of Robins around. A pair of Jays in the Ash Wood. On Steve's reptile mats there were a couple of displaying Sepsid flies (also called Ensign flies - they are fond of human and animal waste!) but sadly no lizards today.


Raven on nest

Sepsid flies

In Montpelier I was very pleased to see my first hoverflies of the year - 2 Eristalis tenax on Dandelion. In Ashley Court Road a Jay was sat in a tree calling, mimicking a Buzzard!
Eristalis tenax

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Sparrowhawks and Springtails!

Highlights at the station this morning included a fly-over Sparrowhawk, a female Blackcap, a couple of Blackbirds, lots of House Sparrows, a pair of frisky Robins and a Goldfinch.


This afternoon I saw lots of Springtails on the sill outside my window - possibly Entomobrya albocincta.  

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


A pair of Jays showed well this morning at the station. Nearby the park produced a Herring Gull and several Woodpigeons and Collared Doves.
Collared Dove

Herring Gull


Monday, 5 March 2018

Montpelier Park and Station!

The park produced 7 Woodpigeons feeding together and a Blackbird. At the station there were a few male and female Chaffinches near the feeders plus a couple of Starlings and 4 or 5 Grey Squirrels chasing each other. There was song from a Dunnock and a Wren.
Female Chaffinch

Male Chaffinch


Male Blackbird in the park

Friday, 2 March 2018

Fieldfare and Sparrowhawk!

The snowy weather brought a brief visit from a Fieldfare in the garden today plus a handsome male Sparrowhawk. Other garden birds included a Blue Tit, 2 Great Tits, a pair of Blackbirds feeding on Ivy berries, 4 Woodpigeons, 1 Feral Pigeon, 4 fly-over Starlings and a Magpie.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Montpelier Station!

The sub-zero temperatures seem to have encouraged some bird activity this morning, with singing Dunnock and Goldfinch plus half a dozen Chaffinches and a couple of Starlings near the feeders and a splendid male Blackcap who perched on a branch for several seconds but unfortunately my camera was in my bag and I couldn't photograph him.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

St Andrews Park!

A stroll round the park this morning produced about 15 Redwings, 4 Blackbirds, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Robins, a singing Dunnock and a few Goldfinches.

Long-tailed Tit