Sunday, 22 May 2011

Cricket, Garlic, Ravens; and not much else!

Wildflowers at Greenbank Park I recently found this clump of Honey Garlic at Greenbank Park in the wooded area, this was a first for me and quite an unusual find; I am led to believe. A striking plant standing about 3ft high and with multiple flower heads. Jackdaws, Grey Wagtail, Mistle and Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Chiff Chaff, Blackcap, are all either nesting or on territory in the park, along with the Mute Swans still sitting on eggs and 3 pairs of Coots nesting. A pair of Grey Wagtails nesting on the front of the Brookhouse Pub, Smithdown Road at the moment regularly come into Greenbank Park to feed also.

Mute Swan (on nest), Greenbank Park I visited Liverpool Cricket Club to watch Lancashire vs Yorkshire on Wednesday (Lancs eventually won on Saturday) and apart from the cricket I saw 2 Buzzards (with one bird mewing), Kestrel (not a common bird anymore in the area), Sparrowhawk, Swift, Swallows, and a Chiff Chaff on territory.

Honey Garlic, Greenbank ParkGoldcrests singing and Three-Cornered Garlic flowering off Mill Lane Wavertree on Thursday as was Wood Anemone until recently.
Yesterday over the house I had a Raven heading west and a pair of Swifts (they are really thin on the ground this spring), and a Peregrine over the City Centre.
3 pairs of Blackcap and a nesting pair of Pied Wagtails in Wavertree Mystery.

Honey Garlic, Greenbank Park
Honey Garlic, Greenbank Park
Honey Garlic, Greenbank ParkA pair of Raven on Stanley Road Bootle today as was one last Sunday.

Time realy hasnt been on my side of late...................two more weeks of hectic schedule and then some free time at last! I am sick of missing things..................Broad Billed Sandpiper, Citrine Wagtail, Black Headed Wagtail, Red Rumped Swallow; just to name a few!


colintheconroy said...

Hi Danny,
thanks for posting this about the Honey Garlic. I went to have a look for it today and found it in the patch to the right of the end of Gorsebank Road as you go into the park from that side - is that where you saw it? I've never seen it before and I don't think it's been recorded in this part of the country before, even as a garden escape (which it undoubtedly is). Lovely plant.

Tony. said...

Cutting through greenbank today walking the hound,the swans where off and away from the nest,looks like 5 or 6 eggs in it,has it failed?? be a real shame if it has after they raised 5 cygnets last year.I think before they breed next year someone {am willing} or the council should bring in some reeds for them when nest building,the lack of nesting material looks a contributing factor.