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A Wildlife-Friendly Garden

Spring is just around the corner

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Just as I stepped outside, this Great egret flew over. I was just in time to snap a photo. There…

A Wildlife-Friendly Garden

We love our wildlife-friendly garden and are planning a big pond to make it even more attractive to all sorts of…

Birds

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Great egret (Ardea alba)

Just as I stepped outside, this Great egret flew over. I was just in time to snap a photo. There are dozens of them in the surrounding meadows in the region of Bellingwolde. I think they forage for mice there.

Song thrush

Song thrush Zanglijster

This Song thrush has been very shy. We didn’t get to see him (or her) much. However the snow has lead him to our birdfeeders. We call this feeder the ski jump.

Northern Fulmar

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

There was a breeding colony of Northern Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis (thanks Dewald) at the Cap Sizun bird reserve. They made quite a noise

Flora

Urban wildflowers

Pollen Hollyhocks

I think it must have been about 6 years ago, when a few Hollyhock seedlings suddenly popped up in our street. Since then they’ve been growing everywhere. We got three colours this year. It’s always a bit of a surprise what will show up. I love to hear the gentle buzzing of…

Greece in May

Poppies

We just came back from a two week holiday in the Peloponnesos. Greece in May is so lovely. All the trees & flowers are in bloom.