Sunday, 18 June 2017

#30DaysWild day 18 - Happy Father's Day

As it's Father's Day today, we visited my Dad (and the red kites that are nesting in his back garden). The chicks were very active in the nest, probably trying to get some air as it was absolutely roasting hot, which meant we got some great views of them.  
They're about three weeks old now and are growing fast. Some of the grey downy fluff on their backs has been replaced with adult feathers, although they still have very fluffy heads! 

We also confirmed that there are two chicks in the nest, as both stuck their heads up at once.

Proud Dad sat in the tree nearby and watched over them (and us).  What a Father's Day treat to see them!

 Back at home, we put the moth trap out last night and caught 6 elephant hawkmoths and 3 scarlet tiger moths. The garden really is a jungle, full of elephants and tigers!

Elephant hawkmoth

Elephant hawkmoth
The hollyhock flowers look particularly good this year!
Scarlet tiger moth
Finally, it's hot ... really hot!  This crow was sat in the top of the ash tree in the garden sunning itself. It looks a bit how I feel!
 Happy Father's Day!


  1. Lovely photos! The fluffy chicks look so funny, bless 'em! :) Super jealous of the six elephant hawk moths too! I'm yet to see one. Need to start trapping!

  2. It's a lot of fun, you should give it a go!