May 2009

May is the month where most of our summer visiting birds arrive. Sadly once again we haven't seen Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler or Redstart arrive. This is despite all the nest boxes.

We do have Garden Warbler, Whitethroat and plenty of Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs and of course Swallows.

Siskins put in an appearance mid month but have moved on as have any Redpolls that were lingering.

Squirrels and their young are numerous in the woods and at the feeding station. A large brown rat can also be seen feeding on the ground. We may have to stop scattering seed on the ground for a while.

Now the warmer wether is upon us insects are more active with many butterflies being seen around the estate. Dragonflies and Damselflies won't be far behind.....

1 comment:

Keith Woodthorpe said...

The rats are getting more numerous and I recently saw 3 out feeding in the broad daylightand lots more around the pond at night.With the large numbers of children enjoying scrabbling about in the area of Coppice Pond the danger of Weils disease means the rat problem needs addressing.