Subjects to seek out this month:
Not an easy find by any means (you’ll notice I’m not including a photo of my own) but July is a good time to look for Crossbills. These rare, reddish (males) or greenish (females) finches love conifers and can often been seen at the tops of the trees feeding on the seeds with their unusual beak prying open the pine cones. By July they have finished nesting and are then forced to spread out from the now over populated breeding grounds, this means they head out into new territory and even if you have not seen them near to you in the past they could be coming soon. Having said that both Kielder and Harwood Forests are places I have heard of them being sighted and certainly provide suitable habitat so they would be good locations to try.
You can’t fail to notice beautiful flowers at this time of year so I am spoilt for choice deciding what to include. I am going to suggest then a trip to the water’s edge where you can find water lilies doing especially well in July.
Look out for damsel and dragonflies that are often content to sit still for long(ish) periods giving you a chance to capture their delicate wings and often stunning colours.
If you have found yourself subject to unwanted attention lately, an added bonus of seeking out water lilies is that the purity of these plants is said to be so strong it can be used to break an unwanted love potion cast on you.
This month’s images are taken from the Biodiversity Heritage Library a fantastic, free resource full of book pages and illustrations, check them out they are on Flickr and elsewhere.
Did you know:
8.10 on July the 4th is Aphelion, the time when the Earth is further from the Sun than it will be at any other time of the year.