This morning, with the sun shining and the breeze blowing, we decided to do 'the Donkey Walk'. As usual, it was a good decision.
On the abundant flowers of the Cow Parsley plants, many insects are busy collecting nectar and among them, Ladybirds can be seen preying on the unwary. This one is a Harlequin Ladybird - the well-known Asian interloper.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
It was a glorious morning again, so Malcolm and I set out across Shipley Park to take a closer look at a new pond. This area was until very recently, part of an opencast mine. But since the mining has come to an end, trees have been planted, grassland opened up and a few small ponds have appeared.
Friday, 10 May 2019
Despite the considerable dip in temperatures and the dull, wet weather we've had recently, Spring marches on apace. At Osborne's Pond this morning, we stood for several minutes, watching a Mute Swan gathering dry reeds for nesting materials, to build up its nest.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
On such a wet and miserable day as today, it's worth looking back few years to brighter days. It's hard to believe that it is four years since we were in Luzern, Switzerland. It was a wonderful trip with some great sights...
We got to see some snow...
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
It was a lovely morning, so Malcolm and I decided we'd do the 'Donkey Walk' today. Everywhere along the verges, Garlic Mustard (Alliara petiolata) is coming into flower. The cruciform shape of each individual flower, gives away that it belongs to the cabbage family.
Friday, 26 April 2019
Our local Bluebells just keep getting better...
Thursday, 25 April 2019
The recent warm, dry weather has been good for the butterflies. Already this year, we've seen Speckled Woods, Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells and at least one Common Blue. But probably the most numerous at the moment have to be Male Orange Tips.