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.


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


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.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Birch Shieldbug

A few weeks ago I saw a Birch Shieldbug in my bath, but today there was another one on the wall at the station. I think it is still quite mild so some insects are still out and about.
Birch Shieldbug

Monday, 7 November 2016

St Andrews Park

It was very quiet in the park this afternoon apart from a couple of Goldfinches, a pair of Blackbirds, a Jay and a Robin.