Midsummer's Day

Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire Nature Diary, Tuesday, 22nd June 2010

yellow flagcrowPond, 3.30 p.m.

THE EXPRESSION 'as the crow flies', meaning in straight line, doesn't quite describe the flight of a pair of carrion crows that fly over the garden. They're flying in a straight line but to me it seems as if they're veering 10° to port (i.e. to their left) the whole time. Perhaps the breeze is a bit fresher at 50 feet.

sparrowA female house sparrow balances on an overhanging rush to drink from the pond.

I started drawing cat's ear by the pond at 9 o'clock this morning when all the flowers were still in bud, then I was called away. Now, on a sunny afternoon, probably the warmest day we've had so far with temperatures going up to 26° C, they've opened up. I've called this 'cat's ear' but I need to draw it in more detail before I know exactly which species it is.cat's earcat's ear

A great clump of yellow flag iris now occupies almost half the pond. I'd like to cut it back to create a more varied habitat with more open water, but any pond is better than none in a wildlife garden. Not surprisingly, the level keeps going down thanks to the real summer weather we've been having.