We found three false widow spiders lurking behind different bits of furniture. They have the same distinctive body shape as their relative the black widow spider, but don't have the red hour glass shape on their abdomen. We lived in Atlanta for several years and found a black widow in our garage. You certainly wouldn't want to get bitten by one of those ... whereas these could only give you a bite similar to a wasp sting. Bug Mad Girl wanted to keep one as a pet, but I put my foot down (not on the spiders!) and let them go at the end of the garden.
As I was packing up each room, I spotted some great birds out of the window. Most surprising of all was a huge green woodpecker that bounced around on the lawn. It was a real treat to see one so close.
I also saw greenfinches on the bird table and a beautiful thrush in a tree in the garden. Both were quite unusual visitors to our garden.
|Long-tailed tits feeding at the kitchen window|
|Primroses flowering in the lawn|
|There were lots of ashy mining bees flying around the primroses and crawling|
down into the grass (presumably to nest)
|I spotted my first bee fly of the year today - such strange looking flies with |
their long proboscis
|A chaffinch in the apple tree|
|A fluffy long-tailed tit|
|The robins rule the roost|
|Sitting on the kitchen window ledge|
We've had a couple of more unusual visitors too, including a jay on a couple of different mornings and a male pheasant that wandered around the patio.
We're all looking forward to seeing what other treasures we find over the coming months.
The kids have broken up for Easter now, so we're off on a bit of an adventure ... more of that to follow though!