In the garden I've stopped putting feed out for the birds because of all the unwanted attention from the local moggies lately. There are so many of them around here now they hunt in packs, each morning I find two or three stalking the feeders and two attempted nests (dunnock and blackbird) have been abandoned. The final straw came the other day when the first fledgling of the year, a starling, was seen in the uncut grass and was wandering about the back of the garden :
Shame 'cos I was still getting a few goodies in; the Stock Dove pair have been back on and off, same for a single Tree Sparrow, and three Bullfinches (2m 1f) was the best count in a long while.
|One of the three|
|Blue Tit eyeing up a few tasty spiders|
Shibdon George kindly sent me this nice photo of a Dingy Skipper he snapped at Shibdon Pond the other day :
|Male Orange Tip - great camouflage on these small white flowers|
|same photo - cropped|
|Same butterfly - different angle|