I've been absent from blogging for about a month now, so I suppose I should make an effort to do a post. I may not catch up with everyone yet though.
I arrived here at the start of July; and it has been great. The sun has been overpowering at times, (I don't do hot very well), but the weather has been some of the best I've ever had on all my visits here. Certainly better than the last time, when we were snowed in during March.
On my first day here, I was very excited to see Redstarts nesting in the ivy that covers one of the barns.
Female Redstart, bringing some breakfast.
They gave me some fantastic views and pictures, right up until the young left the nest.
The Swallows have had a few broods during my stay here.
Waiting for food
It's great to watch their comings and goings during the day; and see the young that have already left the nest, still hanging around the area, before they set off on their epic journeys to Africa.
There have been lots of other juvenile birds around during my stay. Blue Tits,
Great Tits, House Sparrows, Siskins, Great Spotted Woodpeckers,
with their red caps
and a large family of noisy Jays, that visit one of the bird tables through the day.
Two, of the seven birds that visit through the day.
It's not just the birds that have held my attention.
Two of the residents, that have kept me company during my time here. Bud, on the left, and Ellie, leaping at his ears. Two of the best natured dogs you could wish to meet.
Some of my days out have produced some great butterflies.
Dark Green Fritillary
and equally some great moths
and a great encounter with the wild goats, that roam on the Great Orme.
So much more to share, and far too many pictures taken. And probably far too many here.
Maybe next post I'll have some more to show; of the wild flowers, more moths and butterflies, the Stonechat family, Meadow Pipits, and some of the birds from around the cottage.
I hope you're all having as much fun as I am.