Oops! I missed out March and April! There’s always next year…
Hawthorn blossom – ‘may’
This month look for:
Song birds singing – the ‘dawn chorus’
Butterflies, dragonflies and damsel flies emerging
Trees and hedgerows in flower
Meadow flowers, including orchids
The month of May is a wonderful time to see wildlife. Our summer migrants have all now arrived and their songs and calls mingle with the residents bird species. Summer specialities such as nightingale,cuckoo, swifts and swallows bring a special excitement to wildlife watching. Warblers fill the woodlands and hedgerows, and the sea cliffs clammer with breeding birds, each squabbling for their own little space. In the gardens and parks blue tits, great tits, robins, blackbirds andsong thrushes lead a frantic life seeking food to satisfy the insatiable appetite of their young. After one or two broods the blue tits particularly look frazzled.
Many of the trees and hedgerow shrubs that were breaking into leaf by the middle of April and are now festooned with bright, fresh, almost iridescent, young leaves. The blackthorn flowers are over and have turned brown, but the hawthorn flowers (or ‘may’) provides breathtaking white ribbons crisscrossing the countryside and lining even the most uninspiring roads. Towards to end of the month the elderalso flowers with big, odorous saucers of tiny flowers. The young oakleaves start off brown and then turn light green and only later take on a darker green hue. The ash is one of the last to break into leaf. Its mat black hard casings eventually split to reveal the new expanding growth below. The ash will be one of the first to lose its leaves too, but in May such thoughts of Autumn seem a long way off.
Amongst the insects that have already emerged are some of the blue butterflies such as adonis, chalkhill and the common blue. Common blues feed on the flowers of the pea species, but the adults only have a short three week life span. However as there are upto three generations in one year you get a number of chances to see this beautiful insect.
male common blue butterfly
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