Sunday, 23 August 2020

Bits and Pieces

We're still not getting out much at the moment with one thing and another (including a plaster disaster in the house, which has set back our renovations!) so this is just a bit of a mixed post. We did escape for a day to Southport, somewhere we've never been, the dull weather kept most folks away at first so when it got busy as the sun came out we headed home! I saw my only Gatekeeper of the year there and we watched a Sparrowhawk get mobbed by some House Martins, it had one in it's claws!

There were plenty of young Gulls to test my ID skills with at some point.

This one I know is a Black-headed




I'm not sure what this flock is Dunlin maybe?

In the woods there have been quite a few young birds, Woodpigeons, Chiffchaff, Magpies, Robins and the Collared Doves have done well. 

Ladybird Larvae 

Great-spotted Woodpecker


Young Magpie

Young Robin

Speckled Wood

Peacock Butterfly Caterpillars

At home we still haven't mowed the front lawn and the Ragwort has been full of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars, they are making short work of the plants. The Goldfinch and Sparrows have also been hanging in the Ragwort too. The Sparrows have had a lot of late or second broods as some have still been feeding young, the Buddleia outside the window is full of Sparrows all day long. Mostly we've just left the garden to the bugs and birds this year, my husband thinks it's a bit scruffy but just today whilst I was cleaning out the bird bath a lady stopped to tell me that she loves watching all the birds in the garden when she walks past, that made me quite happy! Though I think we are going to try and get a sign for next year saying it's a no mow lawn!

House Sparrows


Swallowtail Moth

At the back the Starling flocks have quietened down and we're just getting a few each day. All the usual Tits are around and we're getting the migrating Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers passing through the garden as we usually do at this time of year. We've had male and female Blackcaps too. The Squirrels have been burying nuts all over the gardens and on an evening we've had up to 6 Hedgehogs, a new garden record, i'm so pleased they seem to be doing so well on our little patch. 

I watched this spider wrap up the fly


Long-tailed Tit

Young Greenfinch

Sleepy Squirrel


We've had a few Butterflies, not as many as usual but the weather has been a bit dull and damp and when it has been sunny i've been at work. 


Small Tortoiseshell

Meadow Brown 


This Small Tortoiseshell spent a good half hour or so chasing this Peacock around

Red Admiral

Small White 

The end is in sight with the diy now so hopefully towards the end of next month we can get out properly!