"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Garden Update

I probably should have entitled this post "Scraping the Barrel" because it has been yet another quiet week in the garden for wildlife!

A male chaffinch fed on the lawn last Sunday - a new garden year tick bringing the number of species seen in the garden this year to 21. A pair of blue tits (still busy investigating the nestbox in the whitebeam) are becoming quite territorial. Daily battles are still ensuing between the resident robin pair and any intruders that dare to try and enter the garden. Goldfinches are still by far the most numerous species in the garden with 11 perched in the whitebeam last week and 19 the week before.

I've been hoping that the milder weather might waken some butterflies from hibernation or lead to a bumble bee sighting but nothing so far. Still no sign of frog activity in the pond - frogs normally start appearing in the pond some weeks before they spawn.

At least more flowers are appearing - here's a dwarf iris

and some snowdrops

and daffodils have buds so hopefully it won't be long before they burst into flower.

No comments: