A little bit of sun and there they were. The browner, rounder females were feeding on the violets and the only just flowering Ribes flowers. Every so often they warmed up again on the sunny bricks that line the borders. https://flic.kr/p/2oobppe The female is lower down, watching the male feeding on a violet. https://flic.kr/p/2oobpro The…Read more Hairy footed flower bee, Anthophora plumipes.
Parakeets eating blossoms.
2 ring-necked parakeets were eating the blossom of a street street this morning. Probably enjoying a sugary nectar feast. https://flic.kr/p/2ojM17H They were happily whistling as they ate. The flowers are small, but apparently worthwhile. https://flic.kr/p/2ojSaKw Because there were 2 together, and they were constantly communicating with whistles and other smaller calls, I would guess a…Read more Parakeets eating blossoms.
The fox who came to breakfast.
Crumb likes the outdoors. He likes to eat outside, and he never finishes his food, ever. This leaves half eaten, smelly bowls of at food by the back door. A fox has a good sense of smell, and from the back wall of the garden the fox thought he might like the left overs. https://flic.kr/p/2ojrwZG…Read more The fox who came to breakfast.
26th Feb fox update.
My central London garden in Stoke Newington, looks to have a pair of foxes claiming ownership of the garden. The pair come together, with the vixen eating first, then the dog fox finishing the food and marking the bowl. Marking is a very quick process. There are 2 other foxes around, but they check the…Read more 26th Feb fox update.
Crumb on a downstairs bed.
There is temporarily a bed set up in the sitting room. Crumb has taken to this big time. Anyone would think it was just for him. https://flic.kr/p/2oextnT The underneath of the bed seems to be a perfect sleeping place, but the top is not bad either. https://flic.kr/p/2oeCiez Not so bad this cats life, even if…Read more Crumb on a downstairs bed.
Blackbird song before dawn.
Way before dawn, in the pitch black, a blackbird has been calling from the tree at the end of the garden. This is the first time for a few years that a blackbird has chosen this tree to call from. I put this down to the number of cats, but maybe this is a particularly…Read more Blackbird song before dawn.
Snowdrops and Winter Flowering Heliotrope in Abney Park Nature Reserve.
In the dark depths of winter there are 2 flowers in the herb layer that can be relied on to provide some nectar for any insect needing it on a sunny day. (Ivy flowers are the other and even more important nectar source, but are generally in the tree layer). The most exotic is the…Read more Snowdrops and Winter Flowering Heliotrope in Abney Park Nature Reserve.
Partly collapsed building, Stoke Newington, High Street.
It happened 2 days ago. Some scaffolding surrounded a section of shops, and something gave way. People inside were trapped, but all were brought out without serious injury, phew! Today it looks like every scaffold pole not otherwise occupied, has been piled into a structure across the road. https://flic.kr/p/2oe59tb The day it happened. Cherry picker…Read more Partly collapsed building, Stoke Newington, High Street.
Frost in Abney Park Cemetery and Nature Reserve.
There is a point in frosty morning when the sun begins to work on the ice and a mist arises. I have been lucky enough to see this for 2 days running. The first day, I was told by a cab driver, registered on his car as being minus 5. The second day was not…Read more Frost in Abney Park Cemetery and Nature Reserve.
Chicken scraps and 3 foxes.
It is hard to count foxes when they are only seen in greyscale. This is the best attempt at counting. The night before they were offered left over Christmas Cake, and they did eat it, but could take it or leave it. Yesterday there were Chicken scraps, and they loved it. First was a nervous…Read more Chicken scraps and 3 foxes.