For birders June is a bit of a quiet month, all the migrants they were looking out for having arrived.Most birds are busy with brooding eggs or feeding young this month, many will even be on their second brood. Lots of fledglings take to the air for the first time with varying degrees of success, whirring frantically in the air before crash landing in a bush, where they will still be fed for a while by their parents.They're easy to spot from adults, Starlings will be dull brown, Blackbirds dull brown and spotty chested and Blue Tits have a yellower softer appearance.The Swallows that make such good use of our old farm buildings will have young fledging this month, before the adults get down to raising another brood. The Swifts that arrived a couple of weeks ago will have eggs or young to feed. If you are lucky you may hear a cuckoo call.
However for insect and flower lovers June is an excellent month to look for both day and night flying moths. www.mothscount.org.uk has lots of information about how to attract, identify and record moths coming into our gardens and National Insect week runs from 25 June to 1 July more information is available at www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk. Look out for the first Painted Lady butterflies arriving from North-Africa.
Roadsides wildflowers such as Meadowsweet, Meadow Cranesbill and Early Purple Orchids will be starting to flower and patches of Nettles provide food and lodging to a host of invertebrates, butterflies such as Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacocks lay their eggs on them, their caterpillars eating the fresh new growth. Hawthorn and Elder flower are transforming the hedges into snowy mounds with Honeysuckle trailing through them with its wonderful scent attracting feeding moths at night.
Fox cubs are big enough to start coming out and explore around their dens. Weasels and Stoats are locally common and often seen crossing roads before disappearing into drystone walls.
Froglets make the epic journey from pond to land, unfortunately for many of them, becoming lunch for something else along the way. If you have a pond go out at night with a torch and look out for Newts hanging around at the water surface.
Living With Mammals – urban mammal survey April and June each year