Wildlife Archives

I really need to blog more about the wildlife that comes into my garden and the surrounding countryside!  If you follow me on facebook or google plus then during the spring and summer months you'll know that I post photos regularly of the Scottish wildlife.
bee feeding on the wildflower Tansy
feeding on the Tansy wild flowers

There is little wildlife in the garden from late autumn until the end of March but if we've some warm weather in early March we'll see the Peacock butterflies that hibernated over the winter months along with some of the solitary bees.  

Late spring onwards is when all the action starts!
Hoverflies absolutely adore Shirley Poppies
Hover flies adore Shirley poppies and flock to them in huge numbers!  The air can be full of them so don't inhale with your mouth open when you photograph them.

I have a small wildlife pond and the most exciting occupants are the nymph large red damselflies. One year I managed to photograph them from the nymph stage, the stage where they are crawling out of the nymph skin and then drying their wings before they flew off into the garden.
In the autumn time the Wild Salmon swim up our local river to spawn.  The tourists go to Buchanty Spout to watch them leaping but us locals know where to go to get just as good a view. 
Wild Salmon leaping on River Almond, Perthshire
Wild Salmon leaping in Perthshire | Tayside, Scotland
Every April and May I look out my kitchen window and I can see little bee flies which are the size of a bee darting at warp speed across the patio.  Get out beside them and you realise that they buzz too. They have this huge and threatening sharp looking proboscis too but they won't sting.  I even managed to photograph one sleeping upside down and one of them laying eggs in mid air and flicking them down on the soil.  Discover more by visiting these two links ...
If you've ever heard of Will 'O the Wisp or  Puck then this post might also interest you.  A very strange phenomenon  happens to the Rosa canina dog rose stem when a gall wasp takes up residence.  What that wasp creates is absolutely amazing!
Small Copper Butterfly
Small Copper Butterfly
When we first moved here the building site was full of wild flowers for a few years and we had lots of butterflies visiting the garden.  Nowadays their numbers have dwindled and we usually only have the Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper and Orange Tip visiting in very small numbers.
The Orange tip butterflies feed mostly on the Oil Seed Rape so I'm always pleased when I see that the fields nearby growing that crop.  Every spring I go hunting for orange tip butterfly eggs - I know where to look as you'll see in this post:
...even moths get a mention as these ones fly thousands of miles to reach Scotland.
One year we had a pair of blackbirds nesting in a bird box next to a busy passageway.  They didn't seem perturbed by all the human activity around them and quite enjoyed being the centre of attention.  Over the course of a few weeks I was able to photograph the birds from when they hatched until they finally fledged.
Most people take ladybirds/ladybugs for granted but our native ladybird has been a rare sight in my wildlife garden despite being as much of an organic gardener as possible.
Lacewings are a rare sight in my garden too for the past few years though I have put up a 'bug hotel' for them to hibernate in over the winter months.  I wrote a very whimsical post about its installation a few years ago.  Just imagine how the Scottish Tourist Board would convince a lacewing to hibernate in the garden!
is a passionate wildlife gardener in Scotland, a Perthshire / Tayside photographer and writer.  She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the gardening by anything that buzzes, creeps, crawls or flutters.  Connect with her on Google plus and Facebook.

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