Sunday, 26 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
This is the male returning to the nest in the hedge with a beak-ful of juicy worms. There is also a starling raising young in a nest built in the air brick of a neighbours house.
This pair are having problems with last years chick, still hanging around and begging for food. The adults are trying their hardest to ignoring the juvenile.
They are also busy visiting the dirt track outside our house collecting materials for this years nest.Another nest within site of my house.
That evening there was an awesome sky just after sunset.
Just after I took these pictures a lone swift circled round and after a few minutes flew into the eaves of our neighbours house. There are usually have about 3 nesting pairs each year. This is the first swift that has returned.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
As I made my way to the other side of the park I heard the bird calling again. I took a couple of pictures from a distance in case it flew away before I got their. As I got closer I could see it was definitely a green woodpecker. However as I went to take a photograph, the battery failed and I did not have time to change the batteries before it flew off. I followed the general direction but could not see or hear the woodpecker again.
As I walked home I noticed several goldfinches on the kerb, feeding on dandelion seeds. I save noticed this on a few occasions over the last few days.
Monday, 20 April 2009
As I crossed the garden this afternoon I noticed a Caterpillar on the step being attacked by black ants. Its always difficult to know what to do in such situations.
I often rescue slow worms and frogs from our cat and even the odd bumble bee that has flown into a spiders web. Would it be fair to deprive the ants of its quarry? I decided not and left them to it.
The caterpillar put up a good fight, curling its body and then flicking straight sending the ants off across the step.
I forgot all about the ants and the caterpillar until later that evening. The ants had managed to subdue the caterpillar and had carried it to the entrance to their nest, beneath the step.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
While we played a board game on the porch, a peacock butterfly sunned itself on the path. A speckled wood butterfly, queen red-tailed bumble bee joined buff tailed and hoverflies sunning themselves on the wall in late evening sun.
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
The black female is in the flower top centre and the brown male can be seen flying in from below right.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Our front (yellow) wall catches the last of the sun and is a nice little heat trap.