Saturday, June 21, 2014

Garden friends...

Another lovely day to sit around the garden bumping into some of our local wildlife...


This Tree Bumblebee looked about done for, lying moribund on the grass, until i remembered a Twitter tip. I mixed up a little sugar solution and Jane offered it on a tea spoon. It soon perked up and drank a bit. You can see its long tongue taking it in. At this time of year bees can become exhausted carrying pollen back to the hives and often just collapse. This was just enough to get him up and off. After a few dodgy drunk looking spiral flights, off he went.


Eating breakfast outside we were soon joined by this male Blackbird. He has been with us since January at least. He will now even snatch a crumb from our hand but he prefers it left on a hard surface. He and his female are now feeding fledged second brood young ones around the gardens...He must be healthy, because he clears up around the moth trap early in the morning! Plenty of food for the family here...

While pottering about a few garden flowers were photographed, both domestic and wild -

A rose, 2 quid from Wilko's...not bad.

A 2 mtr square patch of un-mown lawn looks like this now - 
Cats-ear
And finally a pair of pink Elephants from last nights moth trap...

Elephant Hawk-moth and Small Elephant Hawk-moth

4 comments:

amanda peters said...

Nice post, we were feeding a bee sugar water last night, it's resets and warmed up in the sun to day befor setting of. I'm getting better with insects, but thoses moths, amazing as they are would still scare me..
Amanda x

Ragged Robin said...

That's a great tip re: the Tree Bumble Bees - thanks Stewart. We have a nest in the roof and I often see a few lying moribund on the lawn - will try that idea. I've a few Cat's Ear in my no mow area too :)

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ps Stewart - Have a horrible feeling may have left similar comment twice - having problems commenting. Please delete one if I have. Thanks