Friday, 11 June 2010

Emerging damselflies, fledgling great tits

I have noticed the odd red damselfly in our garden over the last few weeks. This morning I noticed several in the process of emerging from their larval form. The larvae live in the depth of the pond for 2 or 3 years and then climb up the stems of vegetation until they are a short way above the surface of the water. After a while the skin spits and the adult emerges.
They are colourless to start with but after a few hours they have their adult colouration.

Later in the day I saw the first Admiral in the garden on the side of our shed. This species migrates from Europe.
During the winter the adults die, but in recent years, because of very early sightings, it is believed that a small population do over winter. 

In  the afternoon, a family of sparrows visited the garden searching for insects on the lawn and border.
The male sparrow visited the bird bath for a drink.

Late afternoon I heard the familiar sound of begging birds. Across the track a family of great tits were feeding, the adults busy collecting food for their young.
One flew across to ten tree in  our back garden and an adult followed calling and collecting food. After a while they returned to their family.

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