In the hollow under the huge branch, there were at least 2 probably more, small chicks being fed by the adults. The tree is at Blake Dean, above Hardcastle Crags. Clicking on the picture on my laptop enlarges it to see the chick.
Just shows how nests can still be active late in the summer, especially Goldfinches I find.
Any big alterations in gardens including pruning and trimming should be done only after long observation to avoid killing nestlings.
Other birds seen at Blake Dean last Thursday included a male Whinchat and Green Woodpecker.
The Lime trees on the avenue by our house are in full flower at the moment, the smell is gorgeous and the canopy is buzzing with bees. Limes are a bit of a forgotten tree and maligned because of the honey dew on cars but for summer blossom there is none finer. It is mainly the common lime that produces the honeydew and the epicormic shoots at the base.
Rather a shame that it isn’t being planted (as far as I’m aware) in all the many new woodland schemes. I planted 6 small-leaved limes about 18 years ago and they are doing fine, one of them flowered for the first time this year.
They are long lived trees, relaxed about pruning and pollarding and some in the lake district could be over 2,000 years old.
It was great watching these two Hares this morning and even better to get decent photographs at Back Lane.
I have decided to let the experts determine what this damsel fly species is, found at Oats Royd.There must have been around 10 present. I will however take a gamble with Common Blue?
Also here were pr Broad Bodied Chaser, c5 Ringlet (no obvious rings on 3) and pr Meadow Brown.