Monday, 9 December 2019

Winter bloomers!

At Bath Buildings there were a couple of plants still in flower, Herb Robert and Ivy-leaved Toadflax. There was quite a bit of Rusty-backed Fern on the wall too - we seem to have lots of this attractive fern in Monty. 
Herb Robert

Ivy-leaved Toadflax

Rusty-backed Fern

A Grey Squirrel was commandeering my neighbour's feeders this morning.

Sunday, 8 December 2019


I have 2 Missing-sector Orbweb Spiders Zygiella x-notata in my flat, one in the bathroom and this one in the kitchen. The latter is expanding her web with lines of silk radiating from the window onto various items on my kitchen worktop.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Montpelier Park!

Lots of common bird activity in the park this morning, with a party of Blue and Great Tits feeding in the trees, a Jay, half a dozen Chaffinches including a nice male bird, a Blackbird, 2 singing Wrens plus the resident Woodpigeons and Magpies. A couple of Grey Squirrels were searching for food and there was lots of White Deadnettle in flower. 

Grey Squirrel

Blue Tit


White Deadnettle


Thursday, 28 November 2019

Montpelier Park and Station!

There was very little to see in the park other than a Jay, a Blue Tit, some Magpies and a Blackbird. Montpelier Station wasn't much better with just a female Blackbird and some House Sparrows of note.

House Sparrow
I had a surprise last night - there was a Flea Beetle on my pillow! It was most likely to be a Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle which are still around at this time of year. I think I must have accidentally brought it in from outside!

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

False Widow!

I was puzzled by a spider in the kitchen this evening - it didn't seem to have any pale pattern on its abdomen so I wondered if it was something new, but the experts on Facebook have confirmed it as a False Widow (Steatoda grossa or Cupboard Spider). I've encountered a closely related specues in the kitchen before quite recently. This one is lacking a leg but otherwise seems OK.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Montpelier Station!

A  pair of Ravens flew high over the station this morning, calling.  Not much else of note apart from a calling Wren, a Blue Tit and Great Tit and a House Spider on the wall towards the tunnel.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

St Andrews Park!

A very gloomy and overcast afternoon produced few birds of note although 2 Goldcrests were very obliging and gave prolonged views. Also about a dozen Goldfinches, several Woodpigeons and Magpies and a Great Tit were noted.

Great Tit