Thursday, 11 January 2018

St Andrews Park!

An afternoon stroll through the park revealed up to 10 Redwings munching on berries near the bowling green with 4 or 5 Blackbirds as companions. Nearby there was a party of Long-tailed Tits, several Goldfinches, a Chaffinch, Blue and Great Tits, a Robin and a female Blackcap. A gaggle of Starlings were in their normal tree by the church - they've been in quite low numbers this winter I reckon. A couple of patches of Snowdrops were in flower.
Redwing

Snowdrops

Starling

Monday, 8 January 2018

Narroways!

A couple of hours on the reserve produced the usual suspects - 2 Grey Wagtails (1 on brook, another at Boiling Wells), 1 Raven on the tower, 1 Sparrowhawk over the hill, a Jay near Boiling Wells entrance, single Goldfinch at Boiling Wells plus a few Robins, Great Tits and a calling Dunnock. Winter Heliotrope in flower at usual place near Ashley Hill entrance.
Robin

Raven

Winter Heliotrope

Grey Wagtail

Sunday, 7 January 2018

St Andrews Park!

A quick walk through the park on a bitterly cold day revealed about 10 Redwings, 3 Pied Wagtails, 10 Goldfinches, 2 Chaffinches, 10 Long-tailed Tits, a couple of Blue Tits, 3 Blackbirds and a Robin.
Redwing

Pied Wagtail

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year Plant Hunt!

I did a New Year Plant Hunt today. The Botanical Society of Great Britain and Ireland are collecting records of all plants in flower so I thought I'd target Montpelier. I recorded 16 species in flower:

White Deadnettle
Daisy
Annual Mercury
Groundsel
Wood Avens
Ivy-leaved Toadflax
Ivy
Red Valerian
Petty Spurge
Dandelion
Smooth Sowthistle
Annual Meadow-grass
Cocks-foot
Hazel
Sweet Alison
Common Nettle
Alyssum

Groundsel

Petty Spurge

Redwing

There were a couple of Redwings between the top of St Andrews Road and Fairlawn Road.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Spider!

I depend on spiders for my invertebrate 'fix' in these dark winter days. Throughout the autumn I've been enjoying my Zygiella x-notata going about her daily business in my bathroom window, but in recent weeks I've worried that dropping temperatures would see her supply of prey dwindle and that she would die of starvation. I was therefore relieved to see her tucking into a big fat Calliphora sp. this morning - it must have flown into the flat seeking warmth only to be captured in 'my' spider's web. That should keep her going for a few weeks.....

Before......

....after




Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Avon Winter Bird Survey!

I did an Avon Winter Bird Survey around Montpelier/St Pauls/St Andrews this morning and the results are as follows:

Herring Gull 4
Feral Pigeon 46
Woodpigeon 16
Collared Dove 3
Magpie 4
Jay 2
Carrion Crow 8
Raven 1
Blue Tit 1
Great Tit 2
Long-tailed Tit 2
Starling 2
Blackbird 2
Robin 9
House Sparrow 21
Chaffinch 2

Ideally I would have liked to have done the survey an hour earlier as there was quite a lot of traffic on the roads by the time I did it but I overslept!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Fox!

A Fox in the garden this morning but gone by the time I grabbed the camera. Maybe it'll be back.

On the roof below my window there's a little patch of flowering grass which is a Poa sp. by the look of it. It could be an obscure alien from a wild bird seed mix.