Thursday, 2 June 2011

garden biodiversity - a welcome respite from exam revision

This is the first time that I have seen the collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) feeding as a family group on the bird table. The two adults arrived first, shortly followed by a first and then second juvenile.

Underneath the bird table a house mouse (Mus domesticus) foraged blatantly in the full afternoon sun. Running swiftly to and fro from its lair beneath the decking, and taking cover under the flower-pots whilst it fed.

The scabious (Scabiosa cultivar) is in full purple flower attracting a variety of pollinators (including this unidentified bee species).

A single holly blue (Celastrina argiolus) butterfly patrolled the garden, alighting albeit briefly on the redcurrent bush and displaying its distinctive patterning of black spots.

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