Goldfinch family feeding on niger seed in my garden
A host of other garden birds including blue tit, great tit, dunnock, collared dove, wood pigeon, greenfinch and chaffinch are regularly visiting the feeders and in the wake of the reported outbreak of the Trichomonas parasite, which has been reported to be killing large numbers of greenfinch and chaffinch, it is good to see regular appearance of healthy individuals of both species in the garden.
Greenfinch male on my apple tree
An early morning walk along the street can also be a rewarding experience just now. Hedgerows topped with blackberries are festooned with spider webs laden with dew and illuminated by the low early morning sunshine; architectural wonders which impress not only by their complexity but by the sheer number of them too. Numerous swallows are swooping over the fields feeding up on insects prior to their migration to sub-Saharan Africa. It’s always a source of wonder to me how such a tiny creature survives such a huge journey at such a young age, only to repeat it in reverse in six months time. Dragonflies and damselflies of various types are to be seen chasing, hawking and darting over fields and gardens, species such as migrant hawker and the common darter and common blue damselfly.
Common blue damselfly
Migrant hawker dragonfly, female – the male is blue