Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mistletoe

Thanks to Sue Marshall for another picture from the threatened Radford Bridge Road Allotments in Wollaton :

Mistletoe 18 Mar 2015

It’s a view of Mistletoe (Viscum album) growing on an apple tree.  Apple is one of the most common hosts for this hemiparasite, which has green leaves so it can photosynthesise, but takes other nutrients from the host.  The plant is also the source of both the common and scientific names of the Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), one of the main distributors of the plant’s berries.

There is an excellent comprehensive source of information about Mistletoe HERE.

Blackcap

Another excellent picture from Nic Cairns; a male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) enjoying a bird feeder in a garden in St.Ann’s……

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This attractive warbler will have overwintered in the British Isles, and visits to bird feeders such as this one will have helped sustain it through periods of cold weather.

 

More snowdrops…..

Following a post from a month ago, here are some further photos of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) from Nic Cairns…..

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These are an unusual double form, photographed from an unusual angle, in a garden in St.Anns.  Thanks to Nic for the pictures.