|Gatekeeper in Cornfield Annuals|
The only sounds in the garden at the moment are the tinkling of goldfinches and the rasping of greenfinches. It was a wonderful sight the other morning to see and hear a bevy of very noisy fledgling goldfinches being fed by their parents. Currently they are eating an expensive bag of niger seed a week.
Higher in the stratosphere there are still Swallows, House Martins and Swifts quartering the skies for insects. They will stay until the end of summer then leave for Africa.
Although we have the wonderful RSPB reserve situated at BURTON POINT, it is totally inaccessible by public transport.
Mid July is the best time to look for butterflies and bumblebees as they are at their peak showing as they dodge the heavy showers but they too will soon be gone.
|Silver Studded Blue|
|Six Spotted Burnett|
|White Tailed Bumblebee|
I checked the blog entry for this time last year and as I expected the season changed in the exact same week last July. Personally I am delighted as it time to put away summer clothes and bring out the autumn jackets and jeans.
It is probably the last few weeks for hunting wildflowers before they turn to seed and get beaten down by the rain. The past season has been a great time to become a wildflower twitcher. Several wildflower and butterflies species have been added to my ever growing list. But lists are not the important aim, just an indication that we might be helping out nature and making a difference.