I thought this week I ought to actually hold a safari for once, rather than just simply posting bloom photos…
Last week we had a racing pigeon come for a rest in the garden; I noticed a pigeon on the lawn and thought it odd it was even there when I was in the garden… once I’d finished my job, I walked down on the lawn and sure enough it didn’t really move at all until the last possible moment. It flew onto the fence and still didn’t seem too bothered. I was a bit mean and wanted to shoo it away and it was when I again got far too close that I noticed the ring on its leg. I was literally within inches of the pigeon before it finally flew away.
I popped indoors to tell Pete about this friendly, suspected racing pigeon. Went back outside and again there it was on the fence looking down at me. I suggested that Pete try offering some bread but it wasn’t interested. Eventually it flew down right next to me on the wall and stood looking at me. I offered some sunflower hearts which it again ignored and began pecking at the Erysimum and Geum blooms instead.
Off I went indoors asked Pete to look on the net for lost racing pigeons and instructions on what to do. Then I decided to pop out to the front garden to cut some rose blooms. A glance to my right and there’s the pigeon again tootling towards me like I’m its best friend!
We just stood there for a few minutes enjoying our new-found friendship and eventually it got bored and began searching for food once more.
Pigeon hung around for the rest of the day – mainly on the tier after following the lead of the ferals and wood pigeons to hoover all fallen seed. I haven’t seen it since and hope it’s found its way home!
During the nice weather early last week I also saw a few Butterflies – mainly Speckled Wood but I also saw a much faster flying flutter that whizzed around the garden and I assume was either a Comma or a Peacock but I didn’t manage a proper look at it!
I did, however have a Cinnabar Moth pass through without stopping on the Ragwort and various bees…
I also saw my first ever prey caught by a Soliatary wasp! This tiny little wasp – I believe might be Anoplius nigerrimus – managed to drag this spider a long way – I watched it drag it the width of the decking, up the wall and into a hole; Lord only knows how far it had been dragged before I saw!
I think it must’ve killed the owner of this web around here… Normally there’s a big fat spider in there *shudder*. Then, I noticed, what I assume to be the male! Guess I’ll have baby wasps sometime!