30 Days Wild ~ Days 17 to 22. Swan babies and water for bees.

These past few days have been pretty hot weather-wise, with temperatures even hitting thirty degrees,  here in the North West. Here are my latest ‘Wild Moments.’ πŸ™‚

Day 17 ~  Bonnie Babies.  On a shopping trip in Skipton , I came across these beautiful babies. πŸ™‚ Four gorgeous silvery cygnets with their proud parents. Talk about adorable. The Mute Swan pair didn’t seem threatened by the humans gathered at the canal side. Maybe they were showing off their bundles of joy. πŸ™‚ It is said that Mute Swans mate for life and usually have one brood a year, between March and June.


Day 18 ~ Breakfast with the Birds….and Squirrels.  This morning I decided to take my breakfast to the castle grounds ( a drink and a cereal bar, no less! ) and sit near where some kind soul leaves bird seed for the park’s population. I counted 2 Jackdaw, 1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, a Robin, 2 Bluetits, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbirds and three Grey Squirrels, in the half hour I was there. Here in the Ribble Valley, as in most of the country, it is the Grey Squirrel that has taken precidence , over our native Reds. In fact the Grey’s carry a disease that will destroy any Red Squirrels, they come into contact with. 😦 Later in the week I read an article about a ‘Gun toting Granny’ in Cumbria , who shoots Grey Squirrels from her car window. I hope someday soon , a vaccine can be developed to protect the tufty reds..

 

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Harlequin Hatchling.

Day 19 ~ I D an Insect.  Another HOt Hot day.      Saw quite a few of these unusual looking insects with orange markings. They were sat on the leaves of some garden escape forget-me-nots, near where I live.  Anyway after a quick look online, I found out that they are the larvae of the Harlequin ladybird.  Harlequins are apparently an invasive ( yikes, more invaders! )ladybird species originally from Japan, first turning up on our shores in 2004. The larvae like to gollop up not only aphids, but insects too, including other ladybirds larvae. So maybe not so happily co-existing with our native species. 😦

Day 20 ~ Water for the Bees.  Bees and other insects need  a fresh water supply , especially in hot weather.  Taking inspiration from a few other #30dayswilders , I filled a saucer with marbles and stones and poured in some water. Bees can rest on the marbles whilst taking a sip and there is less danger of them drowning, than if I just simply put a saucer of water out.

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Day 21 ~Fledgling Visitors.  Until today my only visitor to our bird feeders, has been a solitary bluetit. This morning she brought two fledglings along!  A happy moment. There was lots of chirping as she tried to persuade her two offspring to investigate the half coconut shell. Eventually one of her babies had a go. Hopefully they will all continue visiting. πŸ™‚

 

Day 22 ~ Blissed Out. A very grey drizzley morning. But look who loves the weather! I must admit I felt a bit fed up as we started our daily venture into the fields. But just seeing how Hugo embraces the outdoors, always makes me smile. πŸ™‚

 

0ff camping tommorrow, so fingers crossed that the sunshine reappears. β™‘

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “30 Days Wild ~ Days 17 to 22. Swan babies and water for bees.”

  1. Young swans look so cute when they still have their baby fluff. πŸ™‚

    I took a walk round a local reservoir a few days ago and saw a cute little bird sitting in a bush. Unfortunately it flew away before I could get a photo of it, frustrating really as even using the RSPB’s picture guide I still can’t figure out what it was 😦

    Hope you enjoy your camping; I’m away camping the first weekend in July then for ten days starting the weekend after – I can’t wait πŸ™‚

    1. Oh lovely , are you off to Norfolk? We are just bobbing over the border to Appletreewick near Skipton. It is frustrating when you can’t get a photo of a bird you really want to identify. X

      1. I was actually hoping to go to Ireland but ferry prices are horrendously expensive. I’m not going to Norfolk until September so I’ll probably end up back on Anglesey this time, which is where I usually go in June anyway.

  2. ooh I’m a bit jealous – wish I was going camping! You’ve had a great wild week – love the idea of breakfast by the castle and your bee watering station looks great πŸ™‚

  3. How lovely to see your blue tit’s offspring arrive at the bird feeder. Thanks for telling us about the water for bees. I’ll put some out of Hick’s reach – if i don’t he’ll probably swallow the marbles. Bet Hugo’s pleased it’s cooled down a bit.

    1. Ha yes I put the bee’s water on a wall just in case. πŸ™‚ Just got back from camping in Yorkshire. Hugo had a fantastic time racing around. πŸ™‚

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