Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Blog news mid July
Just some of the insects seen recently on the patch, we counted thirteen different species of butterfly yesterday in a small area.
The following are some of the musings from my blog diary last Monday. The skyways were busy with a myriad of swallows witheir youngsters, a buzzard flew up from its post in the flooded meadow looking accusingly over its shoulder as if to say "no peace for the wicked".
A family group of long tailed tits foraged busily in a nearby hedgerow, one popped out three feet from my face, observed me casually and went on his way, typically I was cameraless. A blackcap caaled in a low tree above the tits and a youngster immediately went after it. A green woodpecker 'yaffled' from a nearby tree and soon after a great spotted wooodpecker drummed to declare his territory. A female kestrel watched below patiently for movement in the meadow. Pied wagtails chased insects frantically and comically, two wrens were singing close by to each other, a dunnock popped out of the hedge with a beak full of prey, normally what they pick up is very hard to see, a whitethroat called from behind the hedge and a yellowhammer was singing from the top of a tree - magic moments.