Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sand-hill Screw Moss

It is the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend and I had a very enjoyable hour watching the avian shenanigans. In particular the territorial challenge by a robin. It perched in front of the current incumbent and raised its head up to show just how big and red (orange) its breast was, and then swayed slowly from side to side as if to say "Yeh, do you want a bit of it?". Our man did, and after watching for a while, chased him round the bushes. It all took place beneath the bird feeders which I suspect is the centre of the territory.
A total of 13 species noted, with chaffinch and blue tit topping the table with maximum counts of five a piece.
I thought I'd pop a bryophyte in today, just to add an example from another major taxon. This gorgeous beauty is Sand-hill Screw-moss (Syntrichia ruraliformis) and it was growing just next to the Cladonia ciliata var tenuis lichen (15th January) on Oxwich dunes. Click on the photo to enlarge it and really appreciate the details.

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