It is from the top of a double-decker bus that you get the beautiful vista of fields filled with rippled lakes of vibrant yelow and white of buttercups, (Ranunculus) dandelions and daisies (Asteraceae)
It also appears to be a bumper year for insects which is great for the birds feeding their young but not so great for being bitten oneself when out and about. This damp humid weather is just perfect for them all.
A young family of Jackdaws living in the neighbour-hood have joined forces with another young family and are entertaining us all with their very noisy antics. They also never stop talking about what they are up too. Currently apprentice young Jackdaws are being taught the delights of clearing gutters to which they seem to take with considerable gusto going by the amount of rubbish on the side path every morning. This group have lived in the same area for some years now as I can now recognise individual birds by odd feathers and their unique calls.
The only other place I know where you can get this personal relationship with a large group of Jackdaws is in the village of Grasmere in the Lake District where generations of corvids live in and around the old Parish Church. It is a delight to listen to their chatter as they settle in their roost for the night. It is also a wonderful place to hear Thrushes in the old trees using the acoustics of the valley to project their voices long distances.
Strangely June is a quiet period for butterfly spotting as last years butterflies have laid their eggs and died and the new caterpillars have yet to morph into this years new ones.
I recently had the opportunity to visit and work on the WhiteMoss Wetland Reclamation project site which is being turned into a nature reserve. Nature with some encouragement is happily moving back into the area. What is so amazing is the number of Skylarks nesting in one place and somewhere were you would not expect them to favour. As we worked planting seed, probably much to their subsequent delight, the singing from the surrounding shrubbery was deafening so much so it drowned out the massive machinery operating in and around the site. http://www.whitemoss.co.uk/
Shelduck, Cormorants, Canada Geese, Oyster Catchers and Skylarks are all resident at the moment on the slowly filling lakes.