Archive for June, 2022

Young song thrush (Turdus philomena) viewed from my study desk yesterday – at the moment the thrushes are making their loud and repetitive calls all day and every day

Sadly I have become blasé about young birds in the garden in recent years. I used to snap a photo of every little bird through the kitchen window but now I don’t even count how many babies the blackbirds, robins, blue tits and great tits have. These families have all been very successful this year, as have the nuthatches.

This time I am missing the baby starlings (see a previous post here) and although there is a male great spotted woodpecker around, it does not seem to have a family this time (see a previous post here).

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I probably wouldn’t have bothered snapping these in my local shopping street in Canton, Cardiff, but for the fact that there were three of them together. Someone needs to get their signs sorted. Sorry the missing letters don’t make them humorous…

Canton Discounts

Square Foot estate agents

Custom Cutz hair stylists

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Flower on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park


The weather is still changeable here in Cardiff and it grows cool when the sun slips behind a cloud, but apart from that summer is in full swing.

It was again sunny but breezy when I visited Victoria Park to check up on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) on Friday.

I was in a hurry as I had to combine the trip with the weekly bread, meat and fruit and veg shop in Cowbridge Road East, so for a change I entered the park from that end – the opposite direction to my usual visits.

Here are the latest pictures… (more…)

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Leaves of oak (Quercus robur) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff


Well, here we are for the June tree-following get-together. Welcome to our regular tree enthusiasts – and I hope more newcomers will follow the example of last month’s new joiner, Heather of Tales from an Edwardian Garden with her black mulberry.

Summer is here in the northern hemisphere, although you might not believe it for all the rain we have had in South Wales recently. At least it was gloriously sunny for the two bank holidays for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Hopefully I can dodge the showers at some time in the next week to make my monthly visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on June 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!

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