26 March, 2019

On Patch Pt. 2, Newish News

Being slightly less out of date Patch stuff, not entirely pictures of things, either.


The feeders have definitely woken up, now that the BGBirdwatch is safely over [hmm], with some fun multiple sided fights between Sparrows, Robin, Greenfinches and Blackbirds.. The poor tits are getting beaten up when they're not after each other, too. Ho hum.

My Lavender, Rosemary, and Bay are all flowering merrily [so's the Berberus, of course] and the Hawthorn is coming into leaf. The odd bumblebee gets up, but star wildlife was the wonderful bat!! Or possibly bats plural!
EDIT: Actually bats plural, a Pipistrelle* flew past the window at 1847 - could even have come out of the Home roost?

To expand a bit;
As you may recall, last year I finally got a little more proactive and tried actual IDs beyond the Pipistrelle [of one sort or another]; which was only identified by virtue of being the only spp. that could [or would] fit between bricks to roost in the building's cavity insulation! [Only time I've been happy about the 'fashionable' scanty mortaring, I can tell you..]
I'd tentatively ID'd a few at my nearby batwatching spot, and now I've had another sighting off my skygarden Sunday evening, as a spp. with obvious ears [so not a Pip] looped close off my balcony! Not long enough ears to be a Long-eared spp., the height off the ground makes things interesting, too. Perhaps a Serotine? Very hard to judge size and proper flight action for a bat only visible when it gets above the skyline when you're in a valley!*

Getting back to birds, while migrants have been coming through - including ones big enough to set the gull alarm off repeatedly [though never while in my line of sight, grr] - I've not yet got a Willow Warbler. Chiffs have started chaffing though, which is good, and there's all manner of nesting going on. I've been putting spare hair out [great to finally find a use for the stuff**] and it's been going, well, once I cut it short enough for the tits to carry off! [[Yes, hair is a thing to put out for birds]]

Magpie with stick!

Let's see some more Springy things..

Whitejobs; Three-cornered Garlic and Blackthorn

Bluejobs; Speedwell
[I think it's Grey Field Speedwell]

Not just at Berry Head

Cliffs around here are dangerous not just from the 'how many hundred feet?!!??', or the surprise crumbly rocks, but also from biological landmines like these darlings.

Close soaring raptor;
Itsa Buzzard

It's always a Buzzard

Unless it's a Raven

Fungi still popping up here and there
I think this is a Waxcap sp.

And finally;

Not a stuffed Robin!

This little maniac hopped up onto the path side and demanded to be made famous, so here it is.

Be Seeing You...

[[*These are not contradictory, as said Pip was in sight for several seconds, giving a much better view]]
[[**I am one of those long-haired types much envied by the follicly-challenged, so have quite a bit to shed.. :) ]]

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