Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Out and About

We have managed to get out here and there over the past few weeks, not so often as we'd like due to various other commitments (thank goodness for the garden!). This past weekend I spent mostly inside in front of the fan as you may know I don't get on with the kind of temperatues we have at the moment!

A day in Scarborough - it ended up being a hot and sunny and it was good to see the sea. I think this post may be a little photo heavy!

You can't go to the seaside without being surrounded by Gulls

Mallard with Ducklings

A family of Pied Wagtails were on the rocks along Marine Drive

Kittiwakes are nesting on some of the buildings despite the netting 

Some kind of Jellyfish?

A morning was spent at Rodley Nature Reserve once the hides opened up, i've missed visiting here, we were lucky enough to see a Kingfisher and a Little Ringed Plover. 

We had to watch out for tiny Froglets everywhere

Young Grey Heron

Mallard Chicks


Little Grebe

A nest under one of the lift up boards, mouse perhaps but sadly fill with rubbish

Skipper - Large I think

Small Tortoiseshell

Beautiful Banded Demoiselle, these are very good at hiding in the vegetation!

Pheasant feather

Speckled Wood

Tree Sparrow, I don't think i've ever seen one here before 

I've managed a few walks in the woods before work, everything is looking very green and lush there at the moment, i've seen young Chiffchaffs, lots of young Blue/Great Tits too. Not so many butterflies so far, even on the sunny days.

Speckled Wood

Soldier Beetle

In the park on the way to work, I noticed they have created a patch full of wild flowers, which is frequently buzzing with all sorts of insects. I've seen a Chiffchaff family in the park too, a Great Spotted Woodpecker is often tapping at the trees. 

The round flower bed on the right..........

.....now looks like this

There are patches of wild in a few other places on the commute, one has usally fallen foul to the mower by now - no idea why as it's a fenced off, in no-ones way and looks lovely and full of all sorts of flowers. Anyway i've probably jinxed it now but so far it's blooming.......

The lane down to work

I've got lots going on in the garden at the moment, but i'll save that for the next post!


  1. Hi Pam, I think you have the most beautiful commute of anyone...I really enjoyed seeing that. Good to see the Ocean as well with some big waves splashing. Not only are they cutting here but now they SPRAY and it kills everything it touches...so ridiculous! Look forward to seeing more in the garden.

    1. Thanks Sondra, it certainly sets the day up right! Oh yes we have the local councils spraying verges and paths too - ridiculous!

  2. I empathise completely re: temps!!! Glad you managed to get to the seaside. A lovely selection of wildlife sightings and photos. Good to see the wild flowers on your local walks - do hope that one area doesn't get mown! Some councils seem to be getting better at not mowing and also planting mini "meadows". Look forward to seeing more of the garden :)

    1. Thanks Caroline, so far so good on the now mowing and i've realised that most of the beds in the parks have been planted with wild flower mixes!

  3. Despite the heat it looks like you have been able to enjoy nature to its fullest, Pam. i am sure that a visit to the coast was very pleasant. As for the wildflowers, bravo for the planner who came up with the idea. I really hope they don't get mowed down and it would display great foresight if the area was increased. The best garden of all is a natural one - just ask the bees!

    1. Yes, it's all about timing when it comes to the heat! The parks, i've discovered, have lots of the beds sown with wild flowers this year instead of the uniform lines of bedding plants it looks so much nicer. Though I have heard that some have complained!