Sunday, May 01, 2011

A Drive of Activity...


After Friday's Royal Wedding party at our Village Hall it was back to normal today, thank goodness.

Today was nice and warm in the sunshine, but in the nagging easterly breeze it could be very cool. Our drive way at home is nicely sheltered from the east, and the garden wildlife was taking full advantage ...


Above - This is the end of the drive, where I operate the moth trap. As you can see, 'wildness' is actively encouraged and apart from hand pulling clumps of grass and nettles, other plants are left for the wildlife. In here are Buddleia, Ivy and Forsythia, Periwinkle and Elder, while in the hardcore are Mullein, Black Medic, Dandelion, Ivy leaved Toadflax, Willowherbs, Teasel, Clover, Cow Parsley etc. Its a nice sunny spot on a day like today...


These Goldfinches and a pair of Greenfinches have been dandelioning daily and this morning a Tree Sparrow was collecting nesting material...


While above a pair of Swallows are investigating the shed...But the main interest has been from butterflies...


Wall Brown, the first of the year.


Orange Tips, usually too quick to photograph. Never still for a second. At least 3 males have been in the garden.


Small Tortoiseshell on White Dead Nettle.


Green veined Whites, this one on Honesty.


So, it just shows what is around if you neglect a little strip of hardcore!


3 comments:

ST said...

my wall browns would only stay on the ground with wings closed..

Warren Baker said...

Well done Stewart, its all block paved driveways here!

Geordie Magpie said...

Amazing how a small patch like that at the end of your drive can be bursting with so much life. I hope my patch over my bottom fence will be as successful once established.