Monday, 9 July 2018


It has been a poor year for swallows in and around the garden this year, just the odd 1 or 2, the 2nd year that our breeding pair have failed to appear. Yesterday late afternoon to our surprise we had a flock of 20 + swallows feeding low over the garden for a hour or so.

The garden breeding birds have had great success and I believe that the Siskin's may be now showing their second brood the sun flower heart feeder. 

Garden birds already breed include;
Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Marsh tit (3 fledged), Chaffinch, Gold finch, Siskin (first year of breeding here), Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Possibly Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Jay, Nuthatch and Greater spotted woodpecker.

No signs of Wren's breeding, 2 regular nest site not used this year but birds still with in the garden. The same with Blackcaps and Bullfinches they are seen but no young birds todate.

We have had a Broad-bodied Chaser around the garden for a week or more (first time seen in the garden) along with the usual Damsel and Dragonflies.

On the Butterfly front we now have a lot of Coma's around the garden along with the usual Whites, meadow browns, Speckled woods, ringlet's, Small tortoiseshell's and Silver washed fritillary's.

Ian Burgess