Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Rodley Nature Reserve

We spent a a little time at Rodley a couple of Sundays ago. It was sunny and warm and the reserve was full of Butterflies. We watched a Kingfisher fishing in the reeds and saw a large flock of young birds flit through the trees - Great, Blue Tits, Chiffchaff, Blackcap.


Blue Tits - the youngsters were all over the plants and were lovely to watch


Coot & Lapwings

Little Grebe


Chiffchaffs (I think!)

Reed Warbler - we saw a few but they stayed well hidden!

Large Skipper

My husband spotted this newly emerged Comma

Speckled Wood 

Small Tortoiseshell

Soldier Beetles were everywhere


Meadow Brown

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth 

More Peacock caterpillars

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

In the Garden

There's lots of activity in the garden at the moment, it's like Piccadilly Circus for birds! We're still getting newly fledged Starlings and Sparrows, a family of Magpies with 6 youngsters have taken a shine to the feeders. We've had young Blue, Great, Long-tailed Tits and even had one young Coal Tit, which is a first. Young Robins, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Woodpigeon too.

The local Feral Pigeon's have finally discovered the garden, there's been three different ones so far and they're very good at cleaning up the food under the feeder!

At least one Squirrel is in every day and we have up to three Hedgehogs in the garden on a night and a couple of bats overhead too.

The weather has been good so the garden is blooming, i've sowed several lots of wild flowers in the front garden and a few have sprouted. The garden has been full of bees and after one filled a hole in the wall we put up a couple of bee houses and are hoping to make a couple more to add to them. Already two of the tubes have been filled and they've also filled another hole in the wall too. Butterflies have been a bit scarce in the garden despite a fair bit of sun, we've had Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Orange-tip and Small White. Hopefully that will improve.

One of the Squirrels struggling in the 27 degree heat a couple of weeks back

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Long-tailed Tit

House Sparrow


Feral Pigeon



Collared Dove




One of the local Black-headed Gulls, we've also had several Swifts and a few House Martins over the house too

Hairy Shieldbug

Orange-tip Butterfly

Speckled Wood