4th January 2015.

When I arrived on The Common today it was -2ºC and also heavy Mist/Fog, so I wasn’t very excited about the chances of seeing much. How wrong I was….

I added 8 more bird species to my Highgate Common year list:- 2 Collared Dove, 2 Yellowhammer (photo), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Bullfinch, 1 Pheasant (photo), 1 Treecreeper (photo), 4 Goldcrest (photo), 1 Goldfinch (photo). That takes me to 32 for the year!

Other Flora and Fauna:-

Birch Polypore (photo), Cucumber Spider (photo), Yellow Cellar Slug (photo), Soft Rush (photo), and Holly (photo).

Firstly some of the frosty scenes round and about today. The sheep are a new addition east of the Common. Could have done with a coat like that today….

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Holly with frost…

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Felt a bit sorry for this dead Yellow Cellar Slug (Limacus flavus), but it was so close to cover, before it got frozen. Even its normally slimy trail had froze…

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I never see many Goldfinches at Highgate Common, yet they are the commonest bird in my garden these days…

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Took a close look at the stem today, before I identified this Frosty Soft Rush…

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Treecreeper, first of the year…

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Not a great photo, but I now know what Goldcrests are searching through the trees for. It seems to be searching the small spider web….

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Still 3 Marsh Tit…

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I think this is a part of nature I may never get a photo of. But I do hope the Bat Boxes are successful…

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Had to laugh at this male Pheasant running off across the frosty field, after spotting me….

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Did not expect to see a spider out on a day like today, but in the woodland it seemed a few degrees warmer. This is a Aranielle-curcurbitina/opisthographa, or its common name:- Cucumber Green Spider…

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Birch Polypore…

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Highlight of the day, was seeing this beautiful Yellowhammer add a bit of Sunshine Yellow, on a Frosty White over Highgate Common….

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Not great photo’s but this Chaffinch was never still, mainly because of its bad limp. This is the first Chaffinch I’ve seen over the Common with Fringilla Papillomavirus. But nationwide I know this is getting more common. I really hate to see wildlife suffer….

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