Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Montpelier Station!

The sub-zero temperatures seem to have encouraged some bird activity this morning, with singing Dunnock and Goldfinch plus half a dozen Chaffinches and a couple of Starlings near the feeders and a splendid male Blackcap who perched on a branch for several seconds but unfortunately my camera was in my bag and I couldn't photograph him.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

St Andrews Park!

A stroll round the park this morning produced about 15 Redwings, 4 Blackbirds, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Robins, a singing Dunnock and a few Goldfinches.

Long-tailed Tit



Sunday, 18 February 2018

Frisky Dunnocks!

This morning in the garden a couple of Dunnocks were doing a little dance so it looks like they are a-courting.

I did my Avon Winter Bird Survey this morning in the Montpelier, St Andrews and St Pauls 1km square. Results were as follows:

Black-headed Gull 3
Herring Gull 15
Feral Pigeon 20
Woodpigeon 18
Collared Dove 5
Magpie 4
Carrion Crow 9
Goldcrest 2
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 4
Coal Tit 2
Long-tailed Tit 2
Wren 2
Starling 6
Blackbird 5
Robin 7
Dunnock 4
House Sparrow 16
Chaffinch 1
Goldfinch 2

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Fox on the tracks!

A Fox was wandering along the tracks near the tunnel at Montpelier Station this morning. As it was raining I didn't bring my camera so was unable to shoot it. The fox has been photographed by other local people and shared on Facebook in recent days.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Corvids and a wolf!

A Jackdaw flew over St Andrews Road this morning and a Raven over Picton Street shortly after. Amazingly I see fewer Jackdaws than Ravens over Montpelier these days! Also, a Wolf Spider was basking on an Ivy leaf near the station - my first spider of the year.
Wolf Spider

Sunday, 4 February 2018


A couple of hours on Narroways Nature Reserve this morning produced a Grey Wagtail on the brook and 6 Long-tailed Tits and a Goldcrest in Ash Wood - very quiet, but Blue and Great Tits, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins and Blackbirds a-plenty.. Lesser Celandines were in flower along the brook at Boiling Wells, plus Male and Hart's Tongue Ferns.
Blue Tit
Lesser Celandine

Hart's Tongue Fern

Grey Wagtail

Male Fern