Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Sparrowhawk!

A Sparrowhawk drifted over Montpelier this morning, seen from the station. I got out my camera and produced a masterpiece of wildlife photography! Also a couple of Blue Tits nearby.
Blue Tit

Sparrowhawk

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Montpelier Park!

As I entered the park this morning I was greeted with the song of a Coal Tit. There was plenty of activity among the birds, with Blue and Great Tits, a couple of Goldfinches, a Chaffinch, 3 Woodpigeons and a singing Robin. A Grey Squirrel was sat in a tree.
Grey Squirrel

Woodpigeon
 At the top of Station Road a Goldcrest showed well and then flew towards the station where it showed well again, but was too quick for my camera. A Wren sat on a branch and sang and a couple of Collared Doves were chasing each other.
Wren

Sunday, 6 January 2019

St Andrews Park!

In the park this morning were several Redwings, a couple of Robins, a Jay, 4 Herring Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Black-headed Gull, a singing Coal Tit and several Goldfinches and Starlings. A Pied Wagtail was just outside the park. I had a look at the dead wood habitat and found a Millipede which is a Cylindroiulus species, possibly C. britannicus.
Blue Tit at St Andrews Road, Montpelier

Goldfinch

Redwing

Herring Gull

Jay

Cylindroiulus

Starling

In Montpelier there was a party of Blue and Long-tailed Tits at the top of St Andrews Road along with a couple of Redwings.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Montpelier Station!

At the station sand nearby park this morning were a few Long-tailed and Blue Tits, 3 Chaffinches, a Goldfinch, 3 Blackbirds, several Collared Doves and House Sparrows and a singing Robin.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

St Andrews Park!

A dull and dismal afternoon but I was amazed at the number of finches in the park - a flock of at least 50 birds, mostly Goldfinches (but many Chaffinches among them) were flying around the tree-tops. Nearby, half a dozen Redwings and a couple of Blackbirds shared a tree while 3 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls and a Pied Wagtail were on the deck. House Sparrows were feeding busily nearby. Grey Squirrels were very actively stowing away their food for the winter.
Pied Wagtail

House Sparrow

Redwing

Black-headed Gull

Chaffinch

Grey Squirrel

Sunday, 9 December 2018

St Andrews Park!

We did a winter walk in the park this morning and saw or heard the following birds:
Goldcrest
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Redwing
Starling
Blackbird
Woodpigeon
Herring Gull
Black-headed Gull
Pied Wagtail
Dunnock
Robin
Jay
Feral Pigeon
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Pied Wagtail
Non-bird interest was provided by some nice Silverleaf fungus on a dead tree and another as yet unidentified fungus. There were also leafmines on Holm Oak leaves created by the moth Stigmella suberivora.  
Unidentified fungus

Stigmella suberivora

Silverleaf fungus

Sunday, 2 December 2018

St Andrews Park!

What started as a quick walk through the park on the way to the shops ended up as an hour-long birdwatch despite the drizzle. I was delighted to see a couple of Redwings around - sightings of these winter visitors from Scandinavia are virtually guaranteed in the park these days. Also several Blackbirds, a couple of female Chaffinches, many Goldfinches, a Jay, about 8 Long-tailed Tits, a couple of Blue Tits, a Goldcrest, 4 or 5 Herring Gulls, lots of Woodpigeons, a couple of Robins and a calling Dunnock.
Chaffinch

Long-tailed Tit

Redwing

Woodpigeon
A spider in my kitchen looks like it's another Labulla thoracica which I had in the flat a few weeks ago. UPDATE: apparently the spider is probably one of the money spiders called Lepthyphantes.
Lepthyphantes