Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Goldcrest!

A Goldcrest was showing well this morning in trees near the tunnel at the station. Seems a good winter for Britain's smallest bird in Montpelier!

Blackbirds are now singing at dusk, mainly around the Bath Buildings area.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Montpelier Park

This morning the sun actually shone and there was quite a bit of common bird activity to enjoy in the park. A male Blackcap and a Goldcrest were the highlights with a supporting cast of singing Wren, Robin and Dunnock, a few Collared Doves and Woodpigeons, Blue and Great Tits and a fly-over Chaffinch.
Blackcap
Notable plants included Hart's Tongue Fern on the wall near the lower entrance and a few Annual Mercury plants in flower.

Hart's Tongue Fern

Annual Mercury


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Avon Winter Bird Survey!

I did the second of two visits for the Avon Winter Bird Survey in Montpelier/St Pauls/St Andrews this morning. The totals were as follows:

Black-headed Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
Herring Gull 4
Feral Pigeon 23
Woodpigeon 13
Collared Dove 6
Magpie 10
Jay 1
Carrion Crow 6
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 1
Wren 1
Starling 3
Blackbird 3
Redwing 13
Robin 4
House Sparrow 27
Chaffinch 4
Goldfinch 3

At the station the pair of Blackcaps showed well near the feeders.
Blackcap (sadly facing the wrong way)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

St Andrews Park

A quick walk round the park in bitterly cold and grey conditions produce a pair of Mistle Thrushes - the first I've seen for a few months and presumably returned to nest? Also 30+ Redwings, 40 Starlings, 1 or 2 Pied Wagtails, 10+ Goldfinches and a couple of Chaffinches.
Redwing and Mistle Thrush

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Sparrowhawk!

A Sparrowhawk circled over the station this morning and reappeared a few minutes later, enabling me to take a superb close-up shot!

Monday, 6 February 2017

St Andrews Park

This morning in the park a good count of 30 Redwings and 50 Starlings. Also 3 Pied Wagtails, a few Chaffinches and several Goldfinches. The Crocuses were almost in flower!
Crocuses

Redwing

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Song Thrushes!

Two Song Thrushes singing in the Narroways area today - one near Ashley Hill and the other at Boiling Wells. Also at the latter location 4 Robins feeding together in apparent harmony - unusual!