Today I bought another insect hotel from Morrisons - they really are good value for £3 and the boxes I already have are used by leaf cutter, mason and coeloxysis bees.
In the evening I walked round the garden looking for bees - too cold, cloudy and windy. All I saw were a couple of tiny Hoverflies and 2 Micro Moths
We went back to a local churchyard to look for Spotted Flycatchers (and to try out my lens which has just returned from being repaired).
I've seen Spotted Flycatchers in previous years on gravestones behind the War Memorial but today there was still no sign of the species.
It was lovely though just to walk round such a good example of a living churchyard and look at the wild flowers - buttercups and cow parsley
It was great to see so many "untidy" corners so good for wildlife
and, as long as the grass isn't cut, I suspect it will be an excellent site for butterflies later in the summer.
This Holly Blue led me a merry dance and this was the best photo I could manage. I always struggle to get photos of Holly Blue so was pleased to get the one record shot - taken with the Canon SX50 (yes, sad to say I took both cameras in case I did see the Spotted Flycatcher when the Canon zoom would have come in handy).
Nothing to do with 30 Days Wild really but I did manage to get a photo this time of one of the Scratch (Mass) Dials on the wall of the church.
I did remember to look for Maud Watson's grave (First Wimbledon Ladies' Champion) without success.
Today I watched the Blue Tit nestbox camera for half an hour to record how many times the adults visited.
At this stage there were still four chicks.
Sadly, today Saturday another one has died.
I started watching at 12.00 noon and here is a list of what I recorded
12.02 Food brought in by one adult
12.05 Food brought in by one adult and dropping removed
12.07 Food brought in by one adult which also pecked around the nest for some while - removing flies/parasites?
12.07 Another visit with food by adult
12.10 Food brought in by one adult
12.11 Food brought in by one adult
12.12 Food brought in by one adult
12.13 Food brought in again by one adult and dropping removed
12.14 Food brought in by one adult
12.15 Food brought in by two adults simultaneously
12.16 Visit with food by one adult followed by quick return visit by 2 adults again with more food
12.17 Visit by one adult with food
12.19 Visit by one adult with food
12.21 Visit by one adult with food
12.22 Visit by one adult with food
12.23 Separate visits by 2 adults with food
12.24 Visit by adult with food
12.25 2 adults visited simultaneously with food, dropping removed. Quick return visit by one adult with more food
12.26 Separate visits by 2 adults with food
12.27 3 separate visits by adults with food
12.28 2 separate visits by adults with food
12.29 1 visit by adult with food
When you actually sit down and record the times of the visits you realise they are bringing in food more often than you thought from casual observances. Most visits brought in one or two small caterpillars and occasionally a grub was given to one of the chicks.
A few minutes spent observing bees on the patio (finally we have warmer weather!). Allium, Thyme and Red Valerian are the most popular flowers.
I've just started reading this lovely bee book - bought a few months ago.
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