This week I took delivery of a new gadget. An Apeman H55 trail cam… (Clearly I don’t need another gadget! But I’ve had me eye on a trail cam for a while and they’re as cheap as chips on Amazon, so what the heck).
The blackbirds fledged last night, but did they make it through their first 24 hours???
I’ve been watching the blackbirds going backwards and forwards to their nest for the last couple of weeks – they’ve been good enough to nest deep down in a clematis right outside my home office window, which has been a handy distraction during lockdown!
This year we’ve seen some pretty impressive displays of bluebells. I’ve been told that the wet winter and spring has helped to produce lots of healthy plants, and that the lack of rain over the last few weeks has created the perfect finish. Bluebells aren’t very sturdy plants, and the heavy showers that we might normally expect in April usually make them collapse.
They’re one of my favourite moths, and if you’ve ever seen one you’ll know exactly why they get their name. In fact, they look and behave so much like their feathered namesake that every year the RSPB get phone calls from worried members of the public reporting that they’ve seen escaped Hummingbirds!
This Painted Lady butterfly has been in the garden all morning – she’s looking a bit battered around the wing tips – but given that she’s just flown here from Morocco I reckon she’s in pretty good nick!
Day 1. Martin’s back. And he’s got some building work to do!
The House Martins seem to return later and later every year. And this year they’ve come back to a broken nest site. The side fell out of it during the winter – it’s a home renovation project if ever you’ve seen one!