Tuesday, 26 April 2016

All a Matter of Timing?

A study suggests that giving influenza vaccine in the morning produces better protection than when the material is injected in the afternoon (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/26/morning-flu-jabs-could-save-thousands-of-lives-study-suggests). This could apparently save an additional 2000+ lives in the UK at no extra cost. I am reminded that I found in some old studies that psychoactive drugs had different effects in rodents at different times of the day. These timing effects clearly might be worth additional investigation.

Seeing the Changes 1051

Variable weather in Loughor with hail and sleet but Dovesfoot cranesbill (Geranium molle) in bloom and evidence of birds producing eggs.

Seeing the Changes 1050

Meanwhile back in Loughor, Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata), Wood forgetmenot (Myosotis sylvatica) and Hoary stock (Matthiola incana) all decided to emerge.

Seeing the Changes 1049

Flowers a bit more advanced in Crystal Palace with Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) profusely in bloom.

Birder's Bonus 164

Lots of birds on my visit to South London. Crystal Palace is Ring-necked parakeet (Psittacula krameri) central. Noted a Green woodpecker (Picus viridis) feeding on the ground in Dulwich. Also loads of Gold finch (Carduelis carduelis) in the former location.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Fox From the Box

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in the garden of my son's Crystal Palace flat!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Seeing the Changes 1048

More flowers in Loughor, namely Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) and Garden strawberry (Fragaria ananassa).