Lockdown Diary: Friday 29.5.20

It is a little worrying that I couldn’t see or hear any Great tits, babies or otherwise, in our garden today. But, perhaps that means they are wandering around our neighbourhood (although our garden is the best for wildlife!). In other news, we have a ...

It is a little worrying that I couldn’t see or hear any Great tits, babies or otherwise, in our garden today. But, perhaps that means they are wandering around our neighbourhood (although our garden is the best for wildlife!). In other news, we have a juvenile Dunnock in the garden, a Stock Dove has been singing from a neighbours’ roof and the Magpie family are still about.
Oh, and the Tree Bumblebees are still thriving in a nest box outside our kitchen window. The pond is an intriguing place at the moment. We have a bit of a plague of duckweed covering the surface. But, when I tried to scoop some of it out, I found the duckweed was crawling with life: from flatworms through amphipod crustaceans, pond snails, soldierfly larvae and even Smooth Newts. So, I have abandoned that particular operation. It doesn’t look as exciting as a pond not covered in duckweed, but it is at least providing a vital home for lots of wee beasties.
Oh, and we have had a Speckled Wood in the garden again. It likes to sunbathe on our rather lichen encrusted white plastic garden chairs…