After a gloriously sunny Monday, which saw the re-emergence of the Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly (Calopteryx virgo), today is rather overcast with the odd droplet of rain in the air.
While the country celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee over the Bank Holiday, life on our land continued undisturbed by patriotic fervour. Blackbirds (Turdus merula), Coal tits (Periparus ater) and Great tits (Parus major) are feeding their young in the front garden, a splendid male Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) has been spotted visiting the seed feeders over the last couple of days and Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) are blossoming in the wild patch behind the house. There are, however, signs of freshly dug soil in our woodland – quite a mound, in fact – but definitely not of the mole hill variety. A fox, perhaps? Or even a badger. Further investigation is required.
I can report that a small colony of Bumblebees (Bombus) has definitely set up home in a disused rodent tunnel on the bank beneath a partially buried tree trunk. The site doesn’t seem especially busy at the moment but individuals emerge periodically to visit nearby flowers. Following the unremitting rain last Sunday, I was a rather concerned that the nest might have been washed away, so was relieved to find it still intact the next morning.
A racing pigeon arrived two days ago and appears reluctant to leave. He’s been hanging around with D’s white doves, so was thrown a handful of seed this morning and gobbled up every last one. Something tells me that he’s losing interest in returning home.