Watching wildlife in August
This year we have had a warm bright summer and so August seems more like it should be, a warm month with a few showers and cloud. So it should follow that the wildlife in your garden and surrounding area should be doing what comes naturally at this time of year. Finishing off the breeding season, getting rid of the summer coat and feathers, starting to look towards the Autumn home and getting fit and well ready for the winter months.
As the last fling of summer August is still a wonderful month to go out and find the local wildlife. Birds are still nesting, flowers blooming with lots of bees and insects to look at and provide food for the wild birds.
This morning in the veg patch, we have Dahlias in full bloom around the edge of the vegetables to attract bees for pollination of the runner beans and so on. Now this morning the whether is a little cool and cloudy and it is noticeable that the bees are very lethargic in how they are moving around, they are staying on the same flower for a long time and they don't seem to be collecting much pollen. Hover flies are all around the bees trying to steal some pollen off the bees legs, the bees seem to let them get away with it for a second or two before flicking them off with a swift kick, but the hover flies don't go away. There are lots of small beetles and grubs around the flowers. so I am hopeful the resident toads and Robin and Blackbirds will keep their numbers down, before they can do any harm. We have to pick off the caterpillars from the cabbages by hand every day now, take them to the other end of the garden and let them have a new home in the compost heap. Bats have moved into one of the Schwegler 1FF bat boxes
, it has only been a month since we put the box up, so I am surprised they have taken to it so quickly, but they are in there and they come out each night at dusk, I haven't opened up the box, because I don't want to disturb them, but I am pretty sure they are Pipestrals.
A young Wood Pigeon (Squab) came fluttering down to the ground at the weekend only just having left the nest he was very shaky in flight. He was fine in our garden, no predators around, but he got adventurous and flew over the road. We went out and followed him as he took off for the Church, but over the other side of the road a black and white cat sat and watched as the Squab flew a few feet off the ground and as soon as he landed the cat took off after him. Now - there is the question, do you interfere, or let nature take it's course. I did take a certain course of action, but before I tell you what I did (or did not) do, write an e-mail to me and tell me what you would have done in the same circumstances - email@example.com - I'll get back to tell you about the squab in a later blog.
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