OK - so over the last few days I've been somewhat busy with a) looking after my Grandson (lovely!); paying some much overdue attention to the garden (OK...) and taking my car to the garage for its first service. Also for the garage to "listen to" a high-pitched whine and correct said whine. Service fine and nothing out of the ordinary, but - they couldn't hear the whine even when I could. Very understanding staff who suggested I keep a log (hey ho) and then take it back so they could try a process of elimination. At least they're trying to rectify it and that's great. Good for them.
So on to some wildlife...
A couple of days ago my first youngsters appeared in the garden - a family of Starlings - rather noisy but nonetheless my first of this season.
Last night I was circling the pond with torch in hand spotting frogs. I shone the torch down into the depths and - whey hey - spotted a newt!! Don't know what sort as it dived for cover not liking the spotlight.
Then today, my first young Robin. I know they've been nesting and the parents have gobbled up the live mealworms. Great!!
So whilst waiting for the garage to ring to say - come and get the car - I was wandering around the garden using the macro lens.
I'll leave you with the fruits of my labour:-
One flower of a Foxglove
Water droplet in the centre of a Waterlily leaf and a very small fallen flower with an insect
Bee on Allium
Allium going to seed
Tiny, tiny pond snail - about 6mm long
Large Red Damselflies on Iris
One of the many frogs
Rosebud of a rambling rose (bought for £1.99 in Sainsburys years ago and flowers like mad every year. This is one of the highest blooms the rest are yet to come!
Lovely White Hawk
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