Onto a patch update, our Swifts were back over the house on the 8th May, a couple of days later than last year, although there was only 2 at first, we have 4 or 5 on a regular basis now, which is about right, we don't get many but a few is better than none! A couple of Swallows are back at the farm near work and this past couple of weeks a few House Martins have been around our street too.
The end of April saw Warblers passing through the garden, all Chiffchaff I think.
A few Black-headed Gulls are back around, usually in the centre of town and quite a few Herring Gulls fly over the house.
We have lots of juvenile Starlings taking over the garden, a couple of juvenile House Sparrows and one juvenile Robin but we only saw that a few times and then it disappeared. Our feeders are constantly being visited by Great and Blue Tits, the Blues especially are backwards and forwards right up until dusk. Only one visit from a Coal Tit in the past month though.
This one is not a great photo but it gives an idea of just how many Starlings we're getting at the moment!
Squirrels are still visiting often and we have mice coming to the window feeder, there are slight differences between them so it's not just the same one. The Hedgehog had been coming in nightly but I haven't seen it since last week though that may be because it's getting darker later i'm going to bed before it comes in! We did have a funny moment a couple of weeks back where a Fox got spooked by the Hedgehog and it jumped half way down the garden!
We've also had a few moths in the garden, Brimstones nearly every evening, I managed to get a slightly blurry photo as it rested on the ivy. Also a beautiful Cinnabar moth, possibly from one of the caterpillars we had on the Ragwort last year.
The park in the centre of town has plenty of birds, Rooks, Jackdaw, Magpie, Crows, Woodpigeons, Blackbirds, both Song and Mistle Thrush as well as the smaller birds too - Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Wrens and Dunnocks. I even had a Greenfinch one morning, these are few and far between here.
Dartmouth park seems to be lacking in the smaller birds possibly due to the removal of all the bushes and trees they frequented, at the moment it's just a barely grassed patch of land.
I've finally spotted the Red Kite around town, though everyone else in the family has managed it to see it this year, i've only been able to add it to the patch list about 3 weeks back. A Heron is around often, it landed on the neighbours roof at one point, apparently it's eaten all the small fish in their pond.......karma maybe for her dislike of our lovely local foxes and wishing she could shoot them........
We've had a constant flow of Holly Blue butterflies around our trees and ivy, they do not like posing for photos though! There's also been a few Speckled Wood and the odd Large White.
The flowers in the garden have been blooming and we've had lots of bees around.
And finally some photos of the Sparrows that frequent the front garden.