Birds are still singing, particularly noticeable at the moment are Serins and Greenfinches; as I walk around the roads of the locality there seem to be Serin’s trilling out from perches or performing their distinctive territorial flights every hundred metres or so.
Blue Tits seem to be everywhere, I caught sight of one pecking around the orange tree blossom in the photograph, I wasn’t quite quick enough to get the bird in, so I’m afraid you will have to imagine how pretty it would have looked.
IN THE GARDEN
A pair of Blackbirds have been very busy for the past ten days or so; I’ve seen them both foraging in the garden so they clearly have a young family to feed. I have resisted clearing away the dry leaves and twiggy bits of tree debris from the edges of the paths so the birds can seek insects there; the Blackbirds characteristically add drama to their searching, showering the paths and themselves with discarded material. They make even more mess, but I love to watch them doing it.
The weather has been changeable, but with enough sunshine to bring flowers into bloom and insects to pollinate them. I planted a few dark pink osteospermum plants about four years ago that have self-seeded and I now have a large patch of them in all shades of pink from very pale through to very dark. They look very pretty and have been buzzing with all sizes and variations of bees and hoverflies. I have no idea what species most of them belong to, but I photograph them anyway.
A Large White butterfly on a blue periwinkle flower
There have been a good number of butterflies about, a lot of Large Whites, Red Admirals and one I’d not seen in the garden before – a Moroccan Orange Tip which didn’t find anything to tempt it to stay for long.
A large Egyptian Grasshopper on the trunk of the pomegranate tree. Sometimes mistaken for locusts, the grasshoppers can be identified by their beautiful striped eyes
The clattering sound of Egyptian Grasshoppers on the wing is a familiar sound in and around the garden at this time of year as the big bulky but handsome insects are stirred into action by the warmth. The one in my photograph was big, but only about two-thirds the size of a fully grown adult female, so maybe an adult male or a young female with a couple of morphs still to go through.
Hello, great post, thanks. I have a huge wasps-hornets in my garden up to 4 cm or more in Andalucia. My husband was stung but the it did not swell or irritate. Do you know what they are. Would be very grateful for a reply as we are debating if eliminating the nest in a hole in the wall. Thank you,
Hi, thank you for your comment. I wouldn’t like to guess what your wasps/bees are without seeing a photograph of them, but can say that hornets are the largest wasps and have red colouring on them. Most nests are finished with by the end of the summer and all insects leave. Most die, but queens hibernate and a nest may (or may not) be reused the next year, so sealing the entrance when they are gone is a good idea anyway. Eliminating a nest can be tricky and you may need professional help or risk making them defensive and aggressive! Best wishes.