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The latest is a blog post per day during the Corona Virus lockdown. The intention is for each day to have something spotted in the garden that has not been listed in the series before.

Baildon Moor 6 July 2020

Having had a pleasant time on Baildon Moor on Sunday I tried it again on Monday. This time I didn’t get rained on.

Again there were plenty of Meadow Pipit around. They often feed along the paths. I expect this is to catch the flies that swarm around the horse poo that is often along there.

I could also hear Goldfinch flitting around. In a few weeks time there will be hundreds on the Thistle down. I did manage to spot one on a thistle that has already gone to seed.

I noticed many more butterflies than I did the previous day. I was lucky to spot the Large Skipper but there were several pale brown butterflies flying around each other. It wasn’t until they settled that I was able to identify them as Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies.

Often by this time of year I have been on Baildon Moor many times and I would have seen and heard Lapwing and Curlew. On Monday I heard a Curlew a couple of times but it was a very short song. I didn’t hear any Lapwing but I did get a quick glimpse in the distance of one trying to chase off a Red Kite and I also managed to get a rather blurry photo of it. The Red Kite flicked its tail and wings a couple of times and drifted away from the Lapwing.

Day 103 in our garden

Well this is the last in the Day in our garden series. It was started at the time of lockdown and was about what I was seeing in our garden during that period. The photos and words in this posting take us up to 4 July 2020. On 5 July 2020 I had a trip out on to Baildon Moor with my camera, and I have already created a blog post for it here, so now it is time to end the Days in our garden series.

New things are still showing themselves in the garden. We have a pink Hydrangea flower on a bush where all other flowers are blue. Strange! The Courgettes in the vegetable plot are sprouting tiny Cougettes and flowers. And in the back garden yet another variety of Clematis is in flower. This one is Purpurea Plena Elegans. It looks like the top soil that was used in the landscaping of the front garden had a few seeds in it from somewhere. I don’t remember seeing these little Wild Violas (see header image and above) in our garden before. They are tiny and need a Macro lens to do them justice. The Buddleia is also coming into bloom. Let’s hope we get plenty of butterflies on it.

I will continue to show things from our garden but they will not be part of this series. Though I have no idea what I will use as a heading/title.

This is the index to the Days in our garden series.

Baildon Moor 5 July 2020

Yesterday, 5 July 2020, was what I would consider my first time out out, since 12 March. Back then I went down to Denso Marston Nature Reserve.

That trip to Denso was when I finally got some photos of a Water Rail and spotted a Redpoll.

Yesterday was a quick trip onto Baildon Moor.

As expected there were a few Meadow Pipits around and this one is flying along with food in its beak showing that young are still being fed. It is still important for dogs to be on leads at this time and it was good to see a family put their dog on a lead as they entered a field heading towards Golcar Farm. Skylark nest in the tufts of grass on the edge of the golf club fairways so it is a good idea to keep dogs on a lead there too.

Flying low along the slopes and along the walls, almost with the Meadow Pipits, were quite a few Swift. Swift are normally quite high in the sky but I guess they go where the insects are. It was very windy and rain was rolling across from the West.

With its lack of a tail, slightly fluffy appearance and spots rather than stripes on its belly I am going to say that this Reed Bunting is a juvenile rather than an adult female, and so evidence of more successful breeding on Baildon Moor.

Soon after this I saw the hills starting to be hidden by rain so I headed back home.

Day 99 in our garden

June 30 is Day 99 in this series. There has been a gap in my postings, the one before was for Day 83. There are a few new things for this post but one of the things I have spent a bit of time doing is watching and taking photos of Wood Pigeons, Jackdaws, Crows and Black birds eating the cherries. It will probably be a few days before I do another post for the series.

The header image is of a bunch of cherries that are starting to look tasty. They continued to darken and look softer. That was when we started to get many more birds in the tree. The cherries didn’t last long then.

At one time I counted 6 Jackdaw in the tree helping themselves to Cherries, I would not have been surprised if more were in the tree. Often when something spooked the birds more would fly out than I had seen. The Jackdaws tended to pick off a cherry and then hold it under foot on the branch and peck at it, eating a bit at a time.

We also got Crows in the tree eating cherries. I never actually saw how they ate them. They either flew away or hid themselves so I couldn’t see them.

The real performers though were the adult and juvenile Wood Pigeon. They were greedy. The photos above are of adult Wood Pigeon taking cherries down whole. You can see the bulge in the neck as it goes down into the crop. It took a bit of neck stretching sometimes to get the stalk down.

It was quite amazing to watch the juvenile Wood Pigeon eat the cherries. They are probably a lot lighter than the adults but have their feathers fluffed up more so that they look about the same size as adults. Once they had got a cherry in their beaks the gape would open up behind the cherry and down it would go. Their crop soon became large as they kept forcing more down their throats.

And of course they occasionally got two cherries at a time. Watching the juvenile cope with that was amusing.

Juvenile Wood Pigeon trying to shake off a cherry.

I assume it managed to shake it off eventually, or perhaps get hold of it properly to swallow that one too. If nothing else the one in its crop would come off the stalk once it had been in there a while and it would be able to let it go.

The this female Blackbird pecked at a cherry and ate some of it before making an attempt to swallow too much. It didn’t fit. What I did see a female Blackbird drop cherries. I don’t know if it was the same bird but a little later one of them was pecking at the cherries on the ground and collecting juicy bits of cherry in its beak before flying off, probably to feed chicks one or two gardens further up.

New things not posted before in this series are:-

  • Back garden
    • Hydrangea flowers that started of cream and then progressed to blue.
    • Ribwort Plantain in the grass.
    • Rambling Rose growing through the Hawthorn and Viburnum and tangling in with the Clematis and Honeysuckle in the back garden.
    • Runner Beans flowering in the vegetable plot.
    • Ground Beetle
  • Front garden
    • Red Pelargonium that was supposed to be pale pink
    • Calibrachoa that has flowers of different colours on the same plant
    • Perle d’Azur Clematis that is just opening up.

This section is all things that have been seen before but as they have still been growing I thought it worth showing new photos of them taken over the last day or so.

Here’s Day 83 in our garden.

This is the index to the Days in our garden series.

Day 83 in our garden

For Day 83 we have a new plant (weed) for the series but I think we are going to let them grow. The header image is of Tortoiseshell Butterflies. I posted a photo of one of these on Day 1 but it looks as though they are putting in another appearance as they mate.

The flower/weed is, I think, Hawkbit, a member of the Dandelion family; it looks rather nice.

These photos are all things that have been seen many times. The Blackbird is sunning itself. They do this to help spread the oils on their feathers and to help get rid of parasites.

The Dog Rose is teeming with Honey Bees that have their saddlebags full of pollen.

After a long absence we now have had Small Tortoiseshell butterflies back in the garden. This time it was two flying around together, or one chasing the other, and they landed in the front garden for a few seconds.

Here’s Day 82 in our garden.

This is the index to the Days in our garden series.

Day 82 in our garden

A few photos of something spotted during a quick look in the garden.

I have posted photos of Blackbirds before. I have posted photos of birds eating the cherries before. But on Day 82 we had Blackbirds eating the Cherries in the garden. Apparently the ripe ones taste quite nice though I have yet to try them.

Here’s Day 81 in our garden.

This is the index to the Days in our garden series.