Mrs Hill and I have been using wildlife photography as a way of connecting with relatives that we can't see face to face at the moment. We have been sharing pictures of our gardens and things we have spotted on our daily walks. Here are a selection of photos we have shared.
Here is my attempt at the Words on Wednesday activity from 1st April.
I am pleased to report the Horse Chestnut that was discovered sprouting in Forest School last term and planted by Henry is growing well at school in the giant baked bean tin! It is getting a regular drink and is enjoying the sunlight in the classroom.
Last year I noticed little semi-circles being cut out of the leaves of a sapling in my garden. I was curious to find out what was creating them. After watching for a little while I discovered what it was. I managed to film the culprit you can watch the film below.
A butterfly's tongue is called a proboscis. It is a long, curled up tube that unfurls to enable the butterfly to drink the nectar from the flower. Bees have this type of tongue too. My favourite butterfly is the Speckled Wood. It spends most of its time in the trees drinking honeydew.
Here are two more photographs of birds in my garden that I took recently. The first one is a Dunnock, they spend most of their time hiding in amongst the leaves. They look similar to Sparrows but they have a different shaped beak. The second one is a Goldfinch. The Goldfinches that visit my garden love eating sunflower hearts.
Here is something I can see in my garden, the bee hotel. I've put it up here to see who will visit but we will be able to place it by the pond when we are all back at school. It had to be placed quite carefully, 1-3 metres off the ground and in a south-facing position.
Next week we'll be looking at bees in more depth, I can't wait, they're fascinating.
I checked on the tadpoles in my pond today. They are still only small but they are enjoying laying in the shallows where the water is warmer. I'll be keeping a record of their development, can you remember what their next stage is called?
You can see a pond snail in the first photo too, helping to keep the water clear.