Almost 4 weeks since I could be bothered to cut the lawns, and the back one has rapidly turned into a meadow! Still a bit reluctant to do so, because there’s a bumper crop of buttercups which looks quite good. Along with the usual clover and daisies, and an increasing “infestation” of hawkweeds – both Mouse-ear and Orange. All been keeping the bees happy.
There seems to be an unusually high number of ladybirds around this year. Which is nice. Always a welcome sight.
Collared doves seem to be making a significant comeback here: this morning, there were 15 perched on the playground fence. And not a woodpigeon in sight! Not that woodpigs are particularly scarce around Greno: on the walk I did yesterday, there were dozens of the things all over the woods.
Well, one is. Had a visit to the back lawn yesterday afternoon.
Problem is, new neighbours two doors down have two cats which are very inquisitive…
A drive over to Bridlington on a sunny Bank Holiday Sunday… Set off early (7am) and quiet motorways all the way to Howden, thankfully. Finished the friends visit by early afternoon, so went on to Flamborough. Must be 45 years or more since I was last there but can’t say it’s changed much! I can remember we camped there a couple of times, but, beyond that, it’s just an alcoholic haze.
Very crowded and had to park in a field. Had a stroll on to the cliffs, and sat watching the kittiwakes and puffins. Then, amazingly, this biggish orange bird flew across – a red kite! I know they’re becoming more common now, but I’ve only seen one before (about 35 years ago, blown across from Wales, by Alport Towers). Quite made my day!
Drove back a different way to take in the fantastic long straight empty roads across the Yorkshire Wolds. Until you hit Stamford Bridge, and eventually realise why there are now long queues: they do have a bridge, and it’s only wide enough to take a single line of traffic… Back to reality…
Been wondering what happened to the mistle thrushes we had in the garden earlier this year: spotted one by Greno Surgery.
We seem to be being invaded by collared doves; which is nice… Yesterday, noticed a flock of around 20 descending on trees behind the old garages; and today, just had four perching on neighbours’ fence. Collared doves seem to have been scarce in this area over recent years, so hope this is a serious revival.
Swallow perched on telegraph pole along Skew Hill, singing quite merrily.
Yellowhammer singing away along Stanley Hill. I disturbed some largish bird, but not sure what! Seemed to have a greenish hue on the brief back view that I had, call unfamiliar to me. A mystery.
Looks like we’ve had another walk-through from a fox: left a pile of droppings on the back lawn overnight…
Don’t know what’s going on here: amazing number of bird visits to back and front these past few days. Mistle thrush (one or two) very regular, and squabbling with blackbirds. This morning, had great tit and chaffinch on front lawn: unheard of since we moved into this house.