|A bee-fly is an odd looking thing, with it's great long proboscis, furry bee |
body and log fly legs
|Two mating is extra strange though!|
The dandelions everywhere seem to have bloomed in the last two days, including the ones in our garden. The butterflies, beetles and flies all love them, so we'll keep them (at least until they've finished flowering). Look closely and they really are very pretty flowers!
|Brimstone on dandelion|
|Peacock on dandelion|
The garden has been full of butterflies and I saw my first holly blue and orange tip of the year today. In fact I saw 5 male orange tips today, but it could have been the same one that kept coming back!
|Brimstone on periwinkle|
|Looking very handsome in the evening sunshine|
We've also had a few chiffchaffs in the silver birch and the goldfinches have suddenly become brave and come onto the patio to feed and drink.
The blue tits seem to have abandoned their nest on the patio. They were taking lots of nesting material into the box when we went away to the coast, but they haven't been in there since we got back. Not sure what happened while we were away, but they are still a coming to the feeders, so hopefully they're nesting somewhere nearby.
The blackbirds have babies out of the nest and the robins are looking a little worried, so may also have babies out in the garden.
|Baby blackbird, with a stubby little tail|
|The robins are looking a bit worried|
The jackdaws have spent most of the afternoon marching up and down the roof. They look like they're on patrol.
|Patrolling the rooftop|