I’m a bit late; but I’ve been taking advantage of the actually quite nice day and spent as much time as I could outside. Saturday was also surprisingly nice too, after having been promised a weekend of none-stop rain! I’ve been sat waiting for flutters to arrive, the privet is in bloom and last year attracted various species including Green-veined whites and Skippers.
This year all it’s attracting are Hoverflies. i Haven’t even really seen any Bees on it either. Not a single flutter either, but I have had a Cinnabar hanging around over the past few days and I’m hopeful to see some of its caterpillars on the Ragwort later in the year.
Today I was thrilled to see a flock of juvenile Long-Tailed tits pass through the garden, and then later I noticed a call I didn’t recognise and sure enough it turned out to be juvenile Coal Tits. We used to get the adults in all the time but for the past couple of years we rarely get the adults but I have seen fledglings; it’s a shame I cannot have both!
Over the weekend I was also shocked, and thrilled to see how many baby Ladybirds I have! On the Veronicastrum alone, each head had at least two on it, and then I also saw numerous larvae on the roses and such! I look forward to having loads next year
I also found this one, emerging from its chrysalis!
After the LTT visit, I decided to put some fat balls out again (I stopped for a month or so when the Magpies constantly broke them and collected the pieces for their babies) and I’ve just seen quite a flock of Starlings on them! Grrrrrr, I’ll have to get a globe feeder now. Normally the Starlings never come to my garden – never really understood why – and I know from previous experience that I don’t really want them to start because they do bully the smaller birds. Of course I realise they are red list birds but our lot obviously survive just fine gathering their own food and I cannot afford to also feed the starlings when I know those fat balls won’t even last a day with them around.
I also had a Moth sat on the window one day last week… It was quite pretty too, although hardly very disguised!
This Collared Dove also attempted to make friends with me… A bit spooky tbh to have it staring at me as I turned around… Odd, as normally the Collared Doves are the first to fly away if I open the door.
I moved a piece of wood and noticed this Woodlouse… Sadly the mother is probably dead, but amazing to see that they protect their young under their bodies!
And what’s this flying in the sky??
Is it a bird…
Is it a Plane??