Wasp-like, dark brown, but goes from flower to flower like hoverfly
IN FRINGES of rough grassland around the neatly mown playing fields in Regents Park
wild flowers are thriving. In my student days in London in the 1970s, I would never
have expected to be able to draw Yellow-rattle in the Park. It’s growing near the
Broadwalk alongside lush patches of Red Campion. Green Alkanet grows in a shadier,
damper habitat in the ditch alongisde the boundary fence of the zoo.
I also noticed: cocksfoot grass, ribwort plantain, stinging nettle, knapweed (? -
not if flower yet) dandelion (now gone to seed), cow parsley, cleavers, daisy, bush
vetch and large white (cabbage white) butterfly.
Temp. 23°C, breeze from east
I’m trying to identify what I’d describe as a thin, lilting song from a nearby thicket
of shrubs and trees. It’s not a chaffinch, that’s a more cheerful song, it’s not
as wistful as a robin nor is it as jingly as a dunnock. I know that blackcaps are
pretty melodious; does a whitethroat have what could be described as a ‘thin, lilting
song’? I think I’ve heard its song described as ‘scratchy’.