Well you dont need me to tell you about the bizarre weather we are having in the UK this Spring and Summer(?). Suffice to say it has played havoc with the wildlife in my garden.
We had a good burst of Red Damselflies a while back, a few Blues and Azures and one beauty that was new to this garden was a Banded Demoiselle. But not a sign of other other form of Dragonfly yet.
There was a good burst of butterflies in the early Spring on the one or two warm days, but virtually nothing since. The weather has been so depressing I haven't even risked putting out the moth trap for risk of overnight heavy rain.
On the bird front, we are seeing quite a few fledglings, with our 'home' Blackbird on her second brood which we will see hatched very soon. Juvenile Thrushes are now a daily sighting to although they are not nesting with us.
On the wildflower front, we have had the regular stuff from previous years coming up, with the pleasant addition of Ragged Robin around the pond edges and lots of lovely blue Vipers Bugloss. There is no sign of my orchid this year, but again regular checks of my local wild patch has indicated they are all much later this year.
Once again, the Council have mown down the Bee Orchids I noticed this morning - I despair of the incompetents that we have to pay for.
So when will my camera come out again? - goodness only knows but I need the weather to buck up, and I need to find some time as there have been a lot of other distractions that have been taking my time away, which I will share with you on my next blog.