Friday, 9 December 2016

Ravens!

Two Ravens sat on the TV mast along Station Road and doing occasional circuits around Montpelier this morning. Sadly I didn't have my camera on me!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Montpelier Park

Plenty of birds around this morning, with a soaring Sparrowhawk, a Pied Wagtail (on the basketball court), a Jay, 5 Goldfinches, 6 Blackbirds (one singing), a couple of fly-over Chaffinches, 1 or 2 Collared Doves and Woodpigeons, a couple of Great Tits, a Robin, a Dunnock, a singing Coal Tit and 2 Carrion Crows. A Grey Squirrel was also around.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Narroways and St Andrews Park

Today on Narroways Nature Reserve: 1 Grey Wagtail, Blackbirds everywhere on the reserve - 30 plus, very impressive numbers and probably an influx from the continent. Redwing - 5 flying SE,  20+ Long-tailed Tits, 5 Blue Tits, 5 Great Tits, 2 Goldcrests, a Dunnock, a Jay, 3 Goldfinches, 1 Chaffinch, Magpies allopreening on the hill/Simon's Grove - sweet! Robin, Wren, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow and Woodpigeons all in good numbers. I Grey Squirrel, ash wood.
Grey Wagtail

Magpie
At St Andrews Park there was just 1 Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, 10+ Starlings, 2 Jays, several Blackbirds (including 1 singing briefly), a singing Coal Tit and Great Tit a few Goldfinches.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Montpelier Park

Plenty of hot bird action in the park this  morning, a Goldcrest being the most notable as it's the first I've seen on the patch since last winter and is probably a new arrival. It showed well but sadly evaded my attempts to photograph it. Also in the park was a Jay, a mixed party of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, a few Chaffinches and Goldfinches, 2 Blackbirds, a Wren, a Robin, 3 Woodpigeons and 2 Carrion Crows. Non-bird attractions included a Grey Squirrel and a Harlequin Ladybird.
Leaf with Harlequin

Graffiti with Robin

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Montpelier Station

Things are hotting up on the bird front - an influx of Starlings (15+) and Chaffinches (10) plus a Robin and a party of Great and Blue Tits near the feeders. Three Ravens flew high over the station.

Friday, 25 November 2016

St Andrews Park

Birds are starting to move into the park by the look of it - a couple of Redwings were a welcome sight - they have recently arrived from Scandinavia. Also a couple of Jays, a few Starlings, a party of Long-tailed Tits, a few Goldfinches and Chaffinches, Robins, Blackbirds and Wrens plus a Herring Gull.
Jay

Redwing

Insects were attracted to a sunny and warm spot near the pond - a couple of Marmalade Hoverflies, a few Common Wasps, a Green Shieldbug and a couple of Harlequin Ladybirds.
Marmalade Hoverfly

Green Shieldbug

Harlequin

A mixed party of Long-tailed, Great and Blue Tits were feeding in the trees at Fairlawn Road.

Last night I was woken by a barking dog Fox!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Montpelier Park

At least 1 Long-tailed Tit feeding in the trees in the park this morning and 5 fly-over Chaffinches.