June 2021

This is the time of year when most of the young birds start to appear. I have had a few in the garden such as Robins, Starlings, Blackbirds, Blue Tits and Tree Sparrows. The cutest of these are the Blue Tits and the Starlings. I have noticed that there has been a decrease in the numbers of young birds appearing in the garden compared with previous years. A Magpie has started to come into the garden but this is usually because it is on the hunt for young birds.

Out and about there have been quite a few groups of species with young. At the Enterprise Park there were many Commom Gulls with young and also Oystercatchers. At Blairs’ Loch there were groups of Little Grebe and Mallards along with the usual Mute Swans with cygnets.

As well as the usual butterflies seen at this time of year I saw a Pearl-bordered Fritillary on a walk on Brodie Hill. We don’t see many of these around our area.

This has been a particularly good month for different species of moths in the moth trap. Some of the more impressive ones I have shown here, The ones that are probably the most interesting are the White Ermine, Lunar Thorn, Bordered White and the Poplar Hawkmoth.