Wednesday, 25 July 2012


We are luck to have a lot of goldfinch activity around my garden. One or more pairs always best nearby each year as I witness a lot of territorial behaviour and also observe juvenile goldfinches.

Yesterday I was out in the back garden and was attracted to look up at the houses behind due to a commotion.
Up on the roof were several baby goldfinches calling to the adults.
The juveniles have the coloured cars in their wings but no colourful facial markings.

Today I managed to photgraph a goldfinch on the bird bath in the front garden.

Goldfinches visit the bird bath quite frequently but they are easily disturbed so I was pleased to get these pictures. The pictures were taken through the net curtains which is wht they are a bit foggy looking.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Ant nuptial flight

Black ant mating flight from green house, many did not make it.

In the evening the three main black ants nest had a nuptial flight.
The larger queens leave first and the much smaller males have to fly to catch up. This should mean the fittest male ants catch up with the queens and mate.

The mating flight for the yellow meadow ant nest in the centre of our front garden also took place at the same time.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Male red tailed bumble bees

Several male red tailed bumble bee visiting the mallow just outside our house
The males have the yellow collar, the workers have just the black bodies and red abdomen.