Now that May is here all the Small Things are reappearing, so it's a good time to get out and go looking for them. In fifteen minutes in the garden this afternoon I found the following. Some I knew would be there, others were a lovely surprise....
|Common Blue Damselfly (I think). My first of the year. In the veg patch.|
|Dock Bug, a type of Shield Bug called a Leather Bug. Also in the veg patch|
|I think this is some kind of Drone Fly. Also in the veg patch|
|Thyme-leaved Speedwell. Veg patch.|
|Foxglove, sown last year and about to flower for the first time|
|Geum: Mrs J Bradshaw. Sown last year by the wildlife pond|
|Goldfinch. They are coming singularly at the moment which makes me hope that children are on the way...|
|Grass Snake egg in the veg patch|
|I think this is a Groundhopper|
|Hawthorn blossom. I love the delicate pink dots on the flowers.|
|Lichen on the apple tree- a good indicator of clean air|
|One of my targets for this year is to get to know lichens betters....|
|Dandelion seed head|
|Micropterix calthella moth. Rather Glam, don't you think? I love the bronzed wings :-)|
|Another Micropterix calthella and a friend I haven't yet ID'd|
|More of the same. I love this shot. They look very busy all together on the grass!|
|One of our garden robins. They are definitely feeding chicks so I hope they will bring them to the garden once they're big enough|
|A Spittal Bug (or Froghopper) underneath a leaf.|
|I think this is probably Volucella bombylans, who looks very much like a small bumblebee, but is in fact a hover-fly.|
|The Blackbird's Child (from yesterday). Our First Baby Of The Year :-)|
Not a bad haul for a few minutes staring at the ground- try it, you'll be amazed at what you find.
I've discovered we've also got Lesser Trefoil and Wild Strawberries growing in the driveway, along with several other plants I've yet to ID. Yesterday I found Bugloss and Changing Forget-me-not growing wild in the vineyard. These plants have all appeared this year because the land has been left untouched for a while now. These are exactly the sort of things our wild creatures need, so I'm pleased they are there.
I also saw my Vole while scrabbling round in the veg patch. He shot out from under a plant and made a dive for the drainage pipe we've got lying there. I waited, and sure enough he soon turned round and poked his head out to see what I was up to. He is incorrigibly nosey, but I do love him :-)
I'll leave you with some photos of my Faithful Ecological Surveying Dogs, who were very attentive, right up until the moment they decided to have a fight on my feet....
|Look at that expression in Poppy's eye!|
I'm off to record everything I have found today in my ever-increasing Garden Survey List and I would really encourage you to try keeping a list of everything you can find in your garden too if you don't already. I'll post more on this subject at another time as I'm waiting delivery on a Very Interesting Book on the subject which I can't wait to read :-)
Hoping to get the Moth Box out over the weekend, weather permitting....There should be some Interesting People in there if I do....
Wishing you all a peaceful evening,