Thursday, 11 January 2018

St Andrews Park!

An afternoon stroll through the park revealed up to 10 Redwings munching on berries near the bowling green with 4 or 5 Blackbirds as companions. Nearby there was a party of Long-tailed Tits, several Goldfinches, a Chaffinch, Blue and Great Tits, a Robin and a female Blackcap. A gaggle of Starlings were in their normal tree by the church - they've been in quite low numbers this winter I reckon. A couple of patches of Snowdrops were in flower.
Redwing

Snowdrops

Starling

Monday, 8 January 2018

Narroways!

A couple of hours on the reserve produced the usual suspects - 2 Grey Wagtails (1 on brook, another at Boiling Wells), 1 Raven on the tower, 1 Sparrowhawk over the hill, a Jay near Boiling Wells entrance, single Goldfinch at Boiling Wells plus a few Robins, Great Tits and a calling Dunnock. Winter Heliotrope in flower at usual place near Ashley Hill entrance.
Robin

Raven

Winter Heliotrope

Grey Wagtail

Sunday, 7 January 2018

St Andrews Park!

A quick walk through the park on a bitterly cold day revealed about 10 Redwings, 3 Pied Wagtails, 10 Goldfinches, 2 Chaffinches, 10 Long-tailed Tits, a couple of Blue Tits, 3 Blackbirds and a Robin.
Redwing

Pied Wagtail

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year Plant Hunt!

I did a New Year Plant Hunt today. The Botanical Society of Great Britain and Ireland are collecting records of all plants in flower so I thought I'd target Montpelier. I recorded 16 species in flower:

White Deadnettle
Daisy
Annual Mercury
Groundsel
Wood Avens
Ivy-leaved Toadflax
Ivy
Red Valerian
Petty Spurge
Dandelion
Smooth Sowthistle
Annual Meadow-grass
Cocks-foot
Hazel
Sweet Alison
Common Nettle
Alyssum

Groundsel

Petty Spurge

Redwing

There were a couple of Redwings between the top of St Andrews Road and Fairlawn Road.