school garden

school garden

Sunday, 2 December 2012

A garden first.................

Today was a good day for a little pond management cutting back around the edges and removing the leaves which had crept in under our net.  Other water plants were thinned in order to keep the pond open and more valuable to wildlife rather than a mass of tangled weeds and roots. During the work 5 frogs were found under the frog house and a single pond skater was enjoying the sunshine as it skitted about the pond surface.

With still conditions prevailing a net was put up in the bird garden with the hope of catching and ringing some.  The best bird caught was a female Firecrest, a new bird on the garden list, but a couple of Goldcrests were also caught and some Long-tailed tits, Blue Tits and a Chaffinch.  A male Sparrowhawk continued to visit the garden in late afternoon which put an end to the ringing. The Firecrest weighed 5.2 gms which is about the same as a bank credit card!

Firecrest

Firecrest -click once on picture to enlarge

 
Long-tailed Tit

Goldcrest

Chaffinch

Pond after a tidy-up!



Our second weather review of the previous week.  Temperatures dropped at the end of the week but very little rain and the wind eased considerably.



TEMP TEMP WIND PARTICULARS m/s RAIN MAX PRESSURE


°C  max °C Min SPEED GUST DIRECTION mms hPa
DATE DAY
25-Nov   SUN 12.1 8.8 8.2 12.6 SE 4.2 1009
26-Nov   MON 9.5 6.2 4.8 6.5 SW 1.2 995
27-Nov   TUES 9.2 6 5.8 9.9 NWW 1.5 1008
28-Nov   WEDS 7.5 3.5 4.4 8.5 N 2.7 1012
29-Nov   THURS 9.1 0.7 2.7 3.4 N 0 1010
30-Nov   FRI 8.3 0.1 0.7 1.4 NW 0 1011
01-Dec   SAT 10.1 2.4 2.7 3.4 NWW 0 1014

1 comment:

Emma Burford said...

My husband and I have become somewhat addicted to water features in our back garden. As a result of this, we've now been landed with the biggest small bird population this side of the wildlife sanctuary! I'm sure RoSPA love us, but not as much as UK Water Features do. If anybody else is looking to buy one, visit their shop; very reasonably priced.