is well populated with young birds just now and it is both interesting and
understandable that the parents soon familiarise them with the bird table and nut feeder.
This applies not only to the House Sparrow and Starling
but also the likes of
Greenfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
many birds are significantly down in numbers or have simply not appeared at all
this year. For example, in more than twenty years of record keeping, this
is the first year that the Willow Warbler has not been heard from the garden.
There appears to be no obvious or simple explanation for this.
Hawthorn or Mayflower was very prolific this year and the heavy scent was
particularly noticeable up and down the lane. It was noted that up the
hill towards Sedgwick Park the flowers were invariably pink whereas down by the
river bridge they were of the more usual white form.
and mouth crisis drags on and some 3.2 million animals have been slaughtered in
an attempt to stop the spread. It is hard to see that livestock farming will
ever recover in some areas.
This is an
interesting month for weather lore. Significant dates are St Vitus Day on the 15th
and St John's Day on the 24th.
St Vitus Day be rainy weather
'Twill rain for forty days together" This overlaps with St Swithin's Day in July.
"Before St John's Day we pray for rain
afterwards we get it anyway"
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