Wednesday, 17 February 2016
List of Birds Seen in the Garden 2016 (so far) - in order of appearance
Great Spotted Woodpecker
I don't count flyovers just species that are actually using the garden in some way. Sadly, no Greenfinches (although I've never seen any diseased birds here they are becoming increasingly uncommon here). Collared Dove is another species that rarely visits these days and Chaffinches have always gone in phases - sometimes ever present and sometimes missing for several years. There's still time for a visit from a Blackcap or Siskin.
Belatedly, a list of plants in flower on New Year's Day
Mahonia is now in flower awaiting the arrival of the first bumble bees.
A few flower photos taken a few weeks ago
Lungwort - now in flower
This mystery plant was also in flower on 1st January - haven't a clue what it is so would love to know if anyone has any ideas of id.
Camelia buds - flowers are now appearing
Buds on Rhodendron
Primula vulgaris (Wild Primroses) - were in flower before Christmas but they often flower early in our garden.
The Snowdrop I planted last year just emerging - it now has buds
One of the two Hellebores I planted last year has survived (no sign of the other one).
Pot of dwarf daffodils
Sunday, 14 February 2016
I spotted my first moth of 2016 last Thursday on the garage window.
Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria)
A common and widespread species found in woods, hedgerows, shrub, gardens, heathland and moorland. The female is flightless. The larva feeds on various broad-leaved trees such as oak, hawthorn, blackthorn,elm, sycamore and apple.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Photos of rare Nacreous clouds in the UK have been appearing in the news and on social media over the last couple of days and yesterday in the late afternoon we saw some from the garden.
The clouds are also known as Mother of Pearl clouds and form at temperatures of -78 degrees centigrade in the lower stratosphere (around 10 to 20 miles up whereas common clouds are around 5 - 6 miles above the surface of the Earth).
Beautiful they may be but they can be destructive - it is believed that they may speed up depletion of the ozone layers as the ice crystals in the cloud act as catalysts encouraging chemical reactions with the CFC gases released into the atmosphere which break down ozone.
Monday, 1 February 2016
I spent an hour yesterday counting garden birds for the RSPB Garden Birdwatch. It was a low count (probably the lowest ever) this year but the garden has been very quiet bird-wise this Winter.
Birds Seen in the Garden
Robin x 1
House Sparrow x 5
Wood Pigeon x 2
Blue Tit x 3 (one individual was investigating the nest-box in the Whitebeam)
Magpie x 2
Blackbird x 2
Coal Tit x 1
Dunnock x 1
Wren x 1
100 yards from the garden around 15 Magpies were congregating in a noisy and squabbling manner in a clump of trees.
I am sorry for lack of posts so far this year. I've been trying to decide whether or not to continue using this as a separate blog for my garden wildlife or to revert back to putting it all on Ragged Robin's Nature Notes. I will probably carry on with this one and perhaps put a link to it on my main blog. I still get visits from a couple of people to RRNN who I think in the main were only looking for moth posts so they must think I have given up on my moth trap and spend all my time church crawling and visiting NT properties!