June 2021 – Week One

After a chilly damp May, June is starting out warm and sunny. The bees are enjoying the last of the Ceanothus.bee on blue flower

The cotoneaster flowers are still attracting bees also.bee on red flower

The dandelion like hawkweed flowers have suddenly appeared everywhere. They are also popular with bees. bee on yellow flower

The first of the wild strawberries are flowering, and attracting bees.bee on white flower

The bladder campion is also popular with our pollinators, but none posed for a photograph this time.white flowers

The broom flowers add a splash of yellow. I have never noticed any bees on these.yellow flowers

Like this blog author the dandelions have gone to seed. Blow and make a wish.white seed head

Second Half of May 2021

The second half of May became drier and sunnier. Although we did still have a few rain showers one of which this squirrel got caught out in.wet grey squirrelThe sparrowhawk helped herself to one of the pigeons.sparrowhawk on dead pigeonA carrion crow checked out the carcass, but despite its name decided it preferred suet pellets.crow with dead pigeonAt least two hedgehogs have been regularly visiting the hedgehog feeder throughout each night.infrared hedgehogThe wood pigeons have been pairing off amidst much billing and cooing.two wood pigeonsI think it is fair to say that the trees are now fully in leaf.leafy treesSome are in flower like the Midlands Hawthorn.pink blossomsThe white lilac always flowers after the purple lilac for some reason.white lilac flowersThe ceanothus is still attracting the bees.bee on blue flowerAs are the geraniums.bee on pink flowerWild strawberries are blossoming.white flowers with yellow middlesThey grow amongst the Herb Robert, all over the paths!pink flowersSomewhat more flamboyant is this peony.red flowerThe dog roses indicate that summer is very nearly here, along with the sound of screaming swifts overhead.white rose#NoMowMay comes to an end with a dandelion seed head against a backdrop of germander speedwell.dandelion seed head