30 Days Wild in June: the month has ended but the wildness continues!

We realise we haven’t finished off our 30 Days Wild in June updates on the blog – its’ been an incredibly hot week here, and to keep the house cool we’ve been keeping the windows open and the lights off, making blogging very difficult (too dark to see the keyboard!). There’s also been the distraction of enjoying Wimbledon! Having just finished watching tonight’s match, there’s another sort of ‘tennis’ going on outside the window, a singing match between two blackbirds trying to out-flourish each other. It’s very entertaining, and reminded us to finish our 30 Days Wild blog before it gets too dark again!

21 June: This was the day of the secret squirrel! We went to look at a tree we like, and it took us a while to notice a furry sunbather camouflaged on the trunk. We’ve never seen a squirrel do this before!

Spot the secret squirrel, on a black poplar (Populus nigra)

Spot the secret squirrel, on a black poplar (Populus nigra)

22 June: A bittersweet wildlife moment today. Brian heard a skylark singing it’s beautiful song over a field where it must be nesting…a field that is shortly going to be concreted over for housing.

23 June: Lucy was cycling home, wondering what today’s wildlife encounter would be, and the next thing she knew a bird (didn’t see what kind) had done a poo on her sleeve. That’s not the kind of close encounter we wanted!

24 June: We went outside to listen to our best blackbird singer and took a little film of it performing in front of a dramatic cloudy sky. He included some of his best trills and silly noises for us!

A landscape of evening clouds

A landscape of evening clouds

25 June: On an evening walk we passed a tree that has become a rookery, with jackdaws too – both species were heading in for the night.

26 June: This glistening green beetle is one of our favourite species, but can be hard to photograph as it spots us and flies away. This time we managed to catch it just as he was noticing we were there…

He can see us...

He can see us…

27 June: We had a jay in the garden – not a bird that visits very often, so it was a treat. The other birds weren’t so happy to see it as it was probably quite interested in finding their nests.

28 June: While walking through the biggest housing development in the village, we found that there are lots of housemartins nesting there! This is because they have just the right sort of wooden roof supports for the nests. It was a fantastic surprise to find them and we even saw several baby faces peeking out from the nests.

29 June: An afternoon walk on a nature reserve, we saw lots of wildlife but got particularly close to these two young pheasants, who let us take a photo before heading into the undergrowth with their mother:

Probably the first photo these two have ever been in

Probably the first photo these two have ever been in

30 June: To end our week we spent the evening in the garden looking at Venus and Jupiter, which were the closest together that we’ve ever seen them. We had a go at taking a photo through our binoculars as evidence:

Venus below, Jupiter above

Venus below, Jupiter above

You can find professional images of the two planets here!

During the month we definitely spent more time away from the TV and out in the garden, or on walks, or just looking out of the window. We’ve remembered how important it is to try and break away from our own thoughts and be aware of what’s going on around us, everything from the little insects and frogs hiding down on the ground, up to the swooping birds and incredible clouds in the sky. There’s so much to take in!

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