Happy 4th birthday pond

Happy 4th Birthday pond! It’s four years ago today that we started filling the pond… it’s become well established since then:

A view of the pond on its fourth birthday

A view of the pond on its fourth birthday

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Harlequin pupae

We’ve had the Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) present in or garden for some time. this year I’ve seen even more adults than last year and we’ve lots of pupae in the garden:

Pupae of the Harlequin ladybird

Pupae of the Harlequin ladybird

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Chicks fledged

I know it was only last week when I first mentioned the birds nesting on or in our house this year. However, they had been there for a while before I posted and both sets of chicks have now fledged. Once again we managed to miss seeing them leave their respective nests.

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Chick-tastic

I’ve been meaning to post for a while as we’ve got two groups of birds with chicks at the house.

Once again the starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) are nesting in the eaves of the house. They nest in the roof each year and the chicks hatched a few weeks ago. They must be getting quite big by now – they’re certainly noisy.

We’ve also got Blue tits (Parus caeruleus) nesting in the sparrow terrace. This is the second time the blue tits have used the terrace since we put it up in 2007. We first heard the chicks at the beginning of last week and they’ve been getting louder each day… and the parents busier.

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Building a Testudarium – stage 4

I’ve now finished Hermes’ testudarium so thought I’d upload some pictures.

Inside:

Inside view of completed testudarium

Inside view of completed testudarium

Outside:

Outside view of completed testudarium

Outside view of completed testudarium

Tortoise penthouse, this will go in the section of the testudarium inside the greenhouse:

A picture of the tortoise penthouse

A picture of the tortoise penthouse

The new owner gets distracted from using the door by a dandelion:

Hermes and a dandelion

Hermes and a dandelion

First time through the door:

Hermes heads outside

Hermes heads outside

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