Friday, 25 July 2008

First Red Tommy

Had a trip up to Redditch yesterday and saw 2 Red kites and a Buzzard on the M40 near Oxford.
Meanwhile in the garden the first Tomato has ripened, well ahead of it's siblings. There's really no advantage in ripening first - it just means you get eaten first.

First Tomato

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Little Hoppers

A small froglet was found by the kids in some damp leaf litter by the kids and we saw a large female frog in some brambles nearby. It shows they are around and it spurs me on to get the pond completed - an update on that in future postings.
A Frog in the hand ...

... and in the bush

Meanwhile, I disturbed this brown Grasshopper from some long grass at the front. Not sure what species it is though.

Aaah Grasshopper

Tuesday, 22 July 2008


With the fantastic warm weather, garden butterflies are being seen daily namely Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and the first Gatekeeper for the year.
The Large Whites have shown an interest in the vegetable patch and I have already found eggs and larvae on the cabbages - so I expect the leaves to be full of holes soon.

Speckled Wood

Holly Blue

Monday, 21 July 2008

Tit flock and tame Blackbird

At the weekend a large party of 10+ Long-tailed Tits moved through the garden, mostly juveniles. Noisely chatting away they were very scruffy looking and some had missing tail feathers. A Chiffchaff and Goldcrest was also noted amongst them.

Long-tailed Tit

Meanwhile, whilst digging the pond, I was joined by a willing helper. A female Blackbird picked up worms and grubs around my feet to feed her hungry nestlings. Unfortunately, the cats have also noticed how tame she is and I feel for her safety.

Female Blackbird helping in digging the pond

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Leopard Moth

The kids found this superb Leopard Moth in the garden recently.