Sunday, 7 July 2013

Bird, wildlife and flower log, 1-7 July 2013

This week has seen the "usual's" in the garden. Surprisingly I've not seen the young woodpecker back. Maybe it isn't that confident yet. When I did see it last week it was having difficulty standing on the electric cable that runs across next doors garden. It kept losing its foot hold!  Maybe it's keeping to sitting on thinner branches hidden in the trees.

The strawberries I am grown are not doing too badly, so far I've picked a bowl full, (over the last week) and that must be the record so far in three years! Although the slugs have helped themselves to a few as well!!!

I think I've finally managed to identify one of the plants in the garden and I just love the name, Mystical Black St. Johns Wort!  There are so many things in the garden that I am still trying to identify!

So that the bees could make the most of the wildflowers on the front lawn it didn't get mowed last weekend and they have been making the most of it.  I would really like to have a wild area of "lawn" but there isn't anywhere where it will fit in at the moment.

I am still trying to get some good photos of bees but it is very difficult.  I am quite pleased with this one.

Buff-tailed bumblebee © 2013 Natasha Forder

Birds Wildlife and Insects Flowers
Blackbird – male, female, juvenile Grey squirrels, lots of! Lupin
Great spotted woodpecker - male,
Snail African daisy
Chaffinch - male, female Slug Geranium
Greenfinch - male, female, juevenile Pond skater Campanula
Blue tit - adult, juvenile Hoverfly Helianthemum
Great tit - adult, juvenile Bees - various Pontentilla
Dunnock - adult Tree bumblebee Weigela
Robin - adult, juvenile Early bumblebee Foxglove
Jay - adult Buff-tailed bumblebee Creeping buttercup
Magpie - adult Red-tailed bumblebee Daisy
Crow - adult Common carder bee Green Hellebore
Collared dove - adult Backswimmer Rose
Woodpigeon - adult, juvenile Small white butterfly Water lily
Nuthatch - adult Large red damselfly Birdsfoot trefoil

Mystical Black St. Johns Wort
Rose campion


  1. Wow!.. I love your bee, that is an amazing photo Natasha.

    As we didn't have a suitable place for leaving stuff to grow 'wild', I started a pot instead; collecting bits that were growing in the wrong place.

    Had only about 10 strawberries so far. Not sure what variety they are, but sadly they not very tasty though.

    Gill x

  2. Thank you :)

    I am always trying to make little improvements to the garden from a wildlife perspective but I need to have a rethink on the garden as a whole. At the moment I am maintaining how it was when I moved in. I like the garden but it has a few things missing like the wild grass area. So I need to make a few changes. I will get there but these things take time!

    Great idea with the pot :)

    The strawberry plant that did the best when I planted them is called Cambridge Favourite, it isn't the best for flavour (but not bad) out of all the ones I had, but it grows best, there have been lots of runners and this year we are actually having a good crop! More than one at a time, and when you have to share, you wonder if half a strawberry is worth it!!!