Lace Weaver Spider (Amaurobius similis)
Some real stuff this time. Over the weekend a Lace Weaver spider was in our sitting room. A common species around our houses apparently but I cannot remember seeing one before but I have probably not been paying enough attention. According to references this one is a male. On Sunday I had a look around the Alders at the old tip at Widdrington to see if there were any Redpolls but the only passerine present here was a single Bullfinch. A Buzzard and a Snipe the only other birds seen. On Widdrington Moor lake was a nice selection of wildfowl but nothing out of the ordinary. I went up to Warkworth to see if the Redpolls were around and getting out of the car I saw John and Stew and almost immediately the flock flew into the car park bushes giving good views of Lesser (20ish), Mealy (3) and the Arctic. Not the best of light and the birds were preferring the centre of the bushes but very nice to see. Good to catch up with a few birders I haven't seen for a while.