Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Out and About

A bit of a catch up post around the patch and beyond from the past month.

First of all the beyond......just over the motorway from Churwell Woods. The giant pine cone tree looks more like Rice Krispie cones at the moment! There are lots of Finches on this little walk - Gold, Bull and Green. I'm pleased to say the Lapwings have nested again in the same spot I discovered last year.


Back in Churwell Woods and early May saw lots of Tadpoles in the stream and ponds. The little spot in the sunny corner is becoming greener and greener, Iris are flowering all along the stream.

A bit of an unusual thing to be adding at this time of year - Fungi pictures! The amount of rain we've had has created very damp conditions and it's popping up everywhere. I have little brown ones all over the lawn too. 

The birds in the woods have fledged a fair few young - Great, Blue & Long-tailed Tits, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Woodpigeons, Robins, Thrush and my favourite, Blackcaps!

Great Tit

Woodpigeon with youngsters

Long-tailed Tit

Young Thrush


Stock Dove

House Sparrow





The fledgling Blackcaps, I counted three, there were possibly more but they were in the undergrowth and could have been the adults also. I've managed to see them on a couple of occasions. Really pleasing to see as last year the Blackcap pair seemed to fail to fledge any birds. 

Finally we've had a bit of sun and it brought out lots of bees and ladybirds, it's a little lacking in Butterflies at the moment, i've only seen Speckled Wood and Orange-tip Butterfly recently.

Orange-tip Butterfly

Speckled Wood Butterfily

Green Shield Bugs


Ladybird Larvae 

Lots of these Spiders were on the leaves

I've tried to ID but please let me know if i've got them wrong!

Red-tailed Bumble Bee

Tree Bumble Bee

Buff-tailed Bumble Bee 

This bush was by one of the entrances to the woods, i've never seen anything like it before. My photos don't do the orange colour justice and the bees loved it, it was covered in them! I did a bit of research and discovered it's a type of Buddleja - Globosa

White-tailed Bumble Bees

All in all looking good around the patch right now, though I need to venture into the parks a little more and see what's about there. Bird wise i've only added Swifts and Red Kite to the list over the past month but it's always quiet at this point in the year. 


  1. What a lovely place.. great photos. We have so many juvenile birds in the garden at the moment, it's wonderful watching them being fed by mum and dad. That orange ball shrub is buddleia globosa, I have 3 in my garden and it's been absolutely covered in bees and the also a few butterflies that are about at the moment.

    1. Thanks Julie. It is lovely to watch them isn't it! I may try and get one of the Buddleia Globosa bushes for the garden, it's stunning!

  2. The bees have almost the same orange as the shrub...really pretty! Love all your bird sightings and the butterflies too. Have a great week.

    1. They do, i'm going to try and get one for the garden. Hope you're having a good week :)

  3. Hello Pam: The number of species with young is very encouraging and I am sure you were happy to detect all these observations of this year's fecundity. For me the report of the Lapwings re-occupying the same area as last year is the most welcome news of all. Any good tidings about Lapwings is significant indeed.

    1. It is and there's more young appearing all the time, a productive year so far. I'm very pleased about the Lapwings, they have a safe spot out of the way too so they should do well.

  4. You have taken some wonderful photos whilst out and about. Lovely to see the young birds have fledged safely. There seems to be lots of young blue tits around here at the moment with frazzled looking parents. Glad the lapwings have returned to nest this year. We've seen loads of bees but very few butterflies this year:)

    1. Thanks Rosie. We have a lot of Blue Tits here too!

  5. It's such a lovely spot, anything that has a stream or a pond has my vote, the river Ribble literally ran through our garden where I grew up, I miss being next to the water.
    Good number of birds too, quite hard to spot at this time of the year with the trees in full leaf.
    Have loved reading through your blog, lovely photos.
    Amanda XX

    1. Yes definitely, it's so nice to have the water! x

  6. I so enjoyed reading of all your wildlife encounters and seeing the photos :) I loved your description of the Rice Krispie cones :)

    Still not seeing many butterflies here although there are plenty of bees about. Great news about the young Blackcap. I've seen that unusual buddleia flower once or twice - I really would like one for the garden.

    1. Thank you :) Definitely not as many butterflies here either maybe we were spoiled last year though with it being so hot in June?! I'm going to get one, it was so lovely and the bees clearly love it!

    Get $5,500 USD every day, for six months!

    See how it works
    Do you know you can hack into any ATM machine with a hacked ATM card??
    Make up you mind before applying, straight deal...

    Order for a blank ATM card now and get millions within a week!: contact us
    via email address::{Automatictellers@gmail.com}

    We have specially programmed ATM cards that can be use to hack ATM
    machines, the ATM cards can be used to withdraw at the ATM or swipe, at
    stores and POS. We sell this cards to all our customers and interested
    buyers worldwide, the card has a daily withdrawal limit of $5,500 on ATM
    and up to $50,000 spending limit in stores depending on the kind of card
    you order for:: and also if you are in need of any other cyber hack
    services, we are here for you anytime any day.

    Here is our price lists for the ATM CARDS:

    Cards that withdraw $5,500 per day costs $200 USD
    Cards that withdraw $10,000 per day costs $850 USD
    Cards that withdraw $35,000 per day costs $2,200 USD
    Cards that withdraw $50,000 per day costs $5,500 USD
    Cards that withdraw $100,000 per day costs $8,500 USD

    make up your mind before applying, straight deal!!!

    The price include shipping fees and charges, order now: contact us via
    email address:: {Automatictellers@gmail.com}

    Visit our Website for more Info: https://automatictellers.webs.com

  8. Looks like a lovely place to walk.