Wednesday 22 April 2009

Local Patch - Garden Update

Things are moving on well in the garden wildlife patch now.

Tadpoles are very active with the warmer weather now and a few are starting to sport rear legs now.

Water beetles (not sure what type yet - next study work is bug identification) and a lot of daphnia type pond life are also very active.

On the flower front, the first of the Cuckoo Pint or Lords and Ladies are up in the woodland patch. Ladies Purse has pretty much gone over now. A large yellow flower that looks a bit like Field Rape is out well now and is being feasted on its lower leaves. I believe this plant is Charlock. Will put some images up at the weekend to check with the more knowledgeable amongst you.

Clover and Vetch are growing well and I expect to see the first blooms soon.

It is certainly exciting trying to work out what is coming up when you are not sure what is in the mix. There are few bluebells showing as well, but I will take a trip to some local woods at the weekend to get some decent images of them

On the bird front, the first baby was seen yesterday - a very tame Robin fledgling that seemed to be managing very well on its own. Blackcap and Song Thrush song is loud and frequent.

The many house sparrows are gathering up nesting material (horse hair) that has been put out for them. Unfortunately, they do not seem the slightest bit interested in the lovely homes that I have put up for them.

Blackbirds, Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove are still very active. Increasing numbers of Goldfinch are now back here and the Long Tailed Tits are still showing well.

No signs of the Swifts yet, but I expect to see them early next month back here. Plenty of House Martins and Swallows passing through, but none are staying.


1 comment:

  1. Martin / Dave fantastic blog this is something to look back over time as to how nature wakes up, keep on posting!