Category: London Wildlife

Bring on the Brimstone! 0

Bring on the Brimstone!

Yesterday I spotted my first butterfly of the year! A delicately fluttering male Brimstone, whose yellow wings shone in the sun. It is commonly believed that the word “butterfly” is derived from “butter-coloured fly” which is attributed...

Early Eggs 0

Early Eggs

In the south we are already beginning to see early frogspawn! Laying this early is always a gamble, with a late frost threatening to wipe out all life within in the jelly. However, if the weather...

Cormorant; a bit wet or a well evolved fisherman? 0

Cormorant; a bit wet or a well evolved fisherman?

A cormorant apparently drying its wings is a common site along the Thames. However there is more behind this wings spread posture than is often thought. It was once commonly believed that cormorant feathers...

Buds in Winter 0

Buds in Winter

In winter, it may seem like the trees are lifeless skeletons. Not the case! Look closely and you will find buds waiting to burst into life as the warmer weather arrives. Without leaves, buds...

Snow is Falling! 0

Snow is Falling!

What an impressive covering of snow today for London, and the snow hasn’t stopped falling yet. Whilst this weather may bring excitement, or sometimes frustration, for the human residents of London, lets not forget the...

Bearded Tits in Hyde Park 0

Bearded Tits in Hyde Park

….. and where did I find these gems of the bird world? Hyde Park in Central London! I took this photo with my standard camera lens, the birds were so close no long lens was required! Read on...

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Weeping Willow

During a visit to Camden yesterday I enjoyed this view of a large Weeping Willow catching the sunlight and reflecting in the water of the lock. The Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) is an introduced species originating from China. In...

City Smart Starlings 0

City Smart Starlings

This crafty chap came to investigate my lunch yesterday. Starlings are actually one of my favourite birds, often to people’s surprise. But in my opinion the admiration I have for them has been well...