Walking along the bed of the river Llobregat we found this lovely nest. We could not see its tenant, a penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus) or pájaro moscón in Spanish. This bird builds an elaborate hanging nest, used in Central Europe as children’s slippers in the past. To build its nests uses thin branches, spider webs, animal or vegetal fibers, spider webs, seeds, etc.
Doing a tour in Montjuïc few days ago, we were trying to find some lace bugs under the bark of a London plane, but instead of insects we came across a couple of these very small and secretive arachnids. Continue reading
Wandering around the more overgrown corners of Montjuïc and other “wild” fringes of Barcelona, like the sunny slopes of Collserola, you may well come across Kermes oak, Quercus coccifera, an evergreen low growing oak found across the Mediterranean. Continue reading
A spectacular artichoke in flower yesterday in the old Botanical Gardens on Montjüic.
Video recorded from our living room in Poble Sec.
Last year, 2014, the pair of blackbirds raised a quite remarkable 4 broods of chicks. It was normally the male in charge of feeding them on our balcony, and sometimes he even came with the four chicks at the same time – we never had the camera handy though.
We know now that you should remove the plastic net from the food balls, which they devour by the way.