Apologies, I know that it’s Thursday, but you know how things get. Regardless, I wanted to quickly link up with Tina for her monthly Wildlife meme, to share some of the babies and new creatures I’ve seen in the garden over the last month.
The best place to look for wildlife in this hot, dry weather is where there is water, be that a dish, a birdbath, a fountain, a rill, waterfall or pond.
We have two ponds and both are unfortunately growing blanket weed at an incredible rate. We pull it out regularly, but always leave it at the edge of the pond for a day so that sludge-based wildlife can crawl out of the mess and back into the pool. Last week the weed seemed to be full of wriggling dragonfly nymphs and this week they are stepping back out of the pond by themselves and also out of their ugly grey skins …
They have turned into beautiful, metallic-painted winged creatures. Here are some of the newly emerged ‘dragons’ we’ve spotted:
Meanwhile, the stone bubble fountain is attracting an ever increasing range of birds, including crows, rooks, magpies, woodpeckers and this rather glorious sparrowhawk:
And our newly resident blackcap (he definitely overwintered here this year):
Plus various common garden birds. These young long-tailed tits seem to linger and play around the fountain for hours.
Most don’t seem to mind sharing the resource, but size matters!
Goldcrests have recently reappeared in the garden after an absence of half a year or so. They are very shy and mostly wait until other birds have gone before approaching the fountain. They don’t stay long, but come back several times during a washing ‘session’.
I’ve finally managed to take a decent photo of our other shy visitor: A lovely little wren, Troglodytes troglodytes. I’ve just read that it is the most common UK breeding bird with 8,600,000 territories. That seems amazing to me. I would never have guessed!
I am also happy to say that a couple of days ago I saw a newt in the smaller pond on the patio. I will keep watch for it again so that I can try to get a picture for next month.
Meanwhile, happy wildlife spotting!