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!
Woodpigeon with youngsters
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.
Speckled Wood Butterfily
Green Shield Bugs
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.