Sunday, 21 February 2016

Bits 'n' Bobs and Birds

Yes that's right birds! Mostly a few finches from my living room window but birds non the less. Also a few photos from last year which didn't fit anywhere else. Mainly plants but also a liverwort and a lichen, so really exciting stuff! I still have a few more fungi posts to do but they can fit in as and when because after this one I really need to start getting this years sightings on here before I have another backlog to deal with.

  Bieberstein's crocus - Crocus speciosus

Dwarf Elder on Portland.

Dwarf Elder - Sambucus ebulus

 Golden Samphire and Sea Aster

 Golden Samphire Limbarda crithmoides

Wall Germander - Teucrium chamaedrys
Naturalised on Sand Point Somerset. 

The unusual flower of Butcher's Broom.

Butcher's Broom - Ruscus aculeatus
In fruit 

Water Chickweed - Myosoton aquaticum

Song Thrush's Anvil in dunes at Dawlish Warren

Petalwort - Petalophyllum ralfsii
A rare liverwort found at Dawlish Warrren. It's very tiny and I'd never have seen it without being shown it by the warden.

Golden Eyes Lichen - Teloschistes chrysophthalmus
A once very rare lichen which was once extinct in the UK but is now rapidly recolonizing along the south coast. This one was near Hartland Moor in Dorset on a blackthorn hedge.

A Dipper on the River Plym Dartmoor.

I miss having a garden and feeding the birds. Fortunately  though there are lots of trees and shrubs outside the window of our flat and they are visited by a good variety of birds. It's nice to see the birds feeding on naturally occuring foods too. The Bullfinches are tucking into the leaf and flower buds and the Goldfinches are feeding on the alder catkins.

 This one has an unusual colouring with yellow spots on the red face feathers.

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