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The wild life this week

by on April 26, 2016

Blackbird ChicksThe swallows have arrived! Spring is really here then. The blackbirds have now hatched chicks.  Of course this happened when the weather was warm and spring like, before the sleet and snow showers came.

The blackbirds have been weeding the broad beans looking for worms (and pulling up a few broad beans for the fun of it…) as a result of having to feed the brood.

Also the warm weather of the past week has bought out the butterflies to feed on the nectar of early spring flowers – with the fields having a good variety of dead nettles (red, pink and one white) as well as a few dandelions and the first cowslips there is a choice of nectar supplies. We think that it’s mainly Red admirals – the male and female do look different so it’s easy to say there are lots of brown butterflies when there is actually only one breed.

The robins are also on the lookout for food and quite willing to ignore the humans around in their search – there is at least one pair around.

The dead nettles are being left for as long as possible – till the ground is required for planting – to feed the bees in the bee hives.

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