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The mysterious BMH

Started this discussion. Last reply by Des Bowring Dec 1, 2015. 3 Replies

Monthly Bird Walks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Randolph Jan 24, 2009. 4 Replies

Wildflower meadow and other matters...

Started this discussion. Last reply by admin Dec 4, 2008. 1 Reply

 

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Jon Mortin liked Des Bowring's event Autumn Bird Walk!
Oct 22
Jo Corke commented on Des Bowring's photo
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A Syrphus hoverfly on one of the flowers in the park today. There is a suggestion of hairy eyes which would make this Syrphus torvus.

"Well, that brings our total species identified to 22. I have updated our Hoverfly page to reflect this. http://friendsofstandrewspark.ning.com/group/testgroup/page/hoverflies-recorded-in-the-park How many hoverflies are recorded in the BRERC book…"
Sep 16
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's photo
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A Syrphus hoverfly on one of the flowers in the park today. There is a suggestion of hairy eyes which would make this Syrphus torvus.

"Wow, Des. Wouldn't want to argue on this! And I should have guessed you wouldn't go for even a tentative ID without getting a second expert opinion. All I can say in my defence is that I have zoomed in but really can't see any sign of…"
Sep 16
Des Bowring commented on Des Bowring's photo
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A Syrphus hoverfly on one of the flowers in the park today. There is a suggestion of hairy eyes which would make this Syrphus torvus.

"Simon - if you zoom in there are what appear to be hairs on the lower left of the nearest eye which I drew to the attention of Roger Morris. He said it's a possibility they are hairs and this might therefore be S. torvus. I told Roger I'm…"
Sep 15
Simon Randolph commented on Des Bowring's photo
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A Syrphus hoverfly on one of the flowers in the park today. There is a suggestion of hairy eyes which would make this Syrphus torvus.

"Des, I think the hairs you can see are on the occiput behind the eyes. The hairs on the eyes of the male S. torvus are extremely small and just wouldn't be visible in this photo, even if they were present."
Sep 15

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Do you live in Bristol
Yes
How often do you use St Andrews Park
Many times a week
What is it about St Andrews Park you like
Space, trees, wildlife.

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Bird walks in the park - see you in January!

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 12:10 0 Comments

The popular Sunday morning bird walks will be starting again in January 2017. Watch this space for more details!

Bird walk 17 April

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 16:25 2 Comments

A beautiful sunny morning and some suitably spring-like bird activity observed! The full list as follows:

Mistle Thrush - a nest was located (see Simon's photo) and at least one youngster was seen. Parent birds nearby. Excellent stuff!

Coal Tit - 1 in song

Blue Tit - a few heard and seen

Great Tit - several heard

Robin - 1 or 2

Blackbird - several…

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Dawn Chorus at Narroways

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 16:42 0 Comments

Hi all

I'll be leading a dawn chorus walk on Narroways Local Nature Reserve on Saturday 9 April. Full details here

Des

Bird walk 21 February

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 17:00 0 Comments

Despite the wild wind and drizzle a few hardy souls turned up for this walk. There was a surprising amount of bird song despite the conditions and at least it was mild. The list in full:

Redwing - a count of 15 birds by one participant was very impressive

Starling - a mini-murmuration of 40 birds

Blackbird - a few

Dunnock - 1 or 2 heard

Blue Tit - seen by one of us

Great Tit - 1 by the bowling green

Long-tailed Tit - seen on 2…

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Bird walk 17 Jan 2016

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 13:49 2 Comments

Well I thought today would be a wash-out, with overcast conditions and drizzle putting everyone, including me, off the idea of birding in the park. How wrong could I be? It turned out to be a classic walk! The list is as follows:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1 seen well near the children's play area. A rare visitor to the park.

Redwing - a flock of up to 20 seen in the trees and feeding on the ground - a good…

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At 0:59 on February 15, 2010, admin said…
many thanks Des.
At 21:45 on February 14, 2010, Des Bowring said…
It's a Fieldfare all the way from Scandinavia! Nice one!
Regards,
Des
At 21:23 on February 14, 2010, admin said…
Hi Des,

Any idea what bird this is - there were two of them a few weeks back in our garden. I coldn't spot it in my bird book.

Thanks

Simon

 
 
 

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