As Spring gives way to Summer there is lot more happening in the natural world so this posting covers just May and June.
MAY: A solitary red legged partridge appeared in the garden. Ignoring next-door’s pear tree, It toddled down the Avenue and posed on a neighbour’s fence. Starling youngsters (grey plumage) came to the feeders begging food from adults and even siblings. A rather grubby great spotted woodpecker took advantage of the sunflower hearts hanging on the apple tree.
MAY: It made a pleasant change to see some house sparrows in tne garden, especially gathering nesting material. It’s long time since we had a siskin on the feeder. Siskins are membetrs of the finch family. ‘Henry’ hedgehog was a regular visitor. We put out petfood for him which he devoured with relish.
MAY: Male and female damsel flies seen at ANR and a trio of mallard ducklings by te lake at Highfields.
JUNE: The single peregrine falcon chick hatched on the Newton Building of Nottingham Trent University thrived on a diet of pigeons. This webcam shot saw it testing its flight muscles. Two of the cutest whitethroat chicks waiting to be fed at ANR. Housemartin young looking out from the nest under the eves of a shop in Beeston.
JUNE: A green woodpecker came close to the back door on its quest for ants, ants and more ants. Also green, but in Wollaton Park, a couple off rose ringed parakeets.
JUNE: The garden was buzzing all day with bees and hoverflies of many species., some of which were new to me. I decided to leave part of the lawn unmown to encorage all pollinating insects.
Finally one of Attenborough’s friendly robins, photographed in June, wishes you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a Safe, Healthy and Wild 2022.