Beautiful bees and butterflies

The bird life has been pretty quiet recently, but there’s still plenty going on.

The mysterious hedgehog poo has been followed by sightings of at least two different hedgehogs in the garden, which is great news.

They’ve not been the only cool spot in the garden recently. Saw several shooting stars last night as part of the Perseid shower, including the brightest I’ve ever seen.

The garden has been full of bees as the new flowerbed has settled. A couple of plants in particular seem particularly popular (Lavender, ‘Chocolate’ Cosmos, Sea Holly). A few photos I took:

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It’s not just been bees, we’ve seen butterflies and dragonflies too. The dragonflies have been largely resistant to photography:


Common Darter

But I’ve been able to get a couple of good butterfly images:


Small White


Small Tortoiseshell




Speckled Wood

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will also know I found a little treat in the garden:

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It’s a feather from the wing of a Goldfinch (a Primary), showing the gold wing bar that gives the bird its name. I normally don’t keep feathers these days, but this is still living on the windowsill!

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