A Ringlet visited the garden on 3rd July - the first garden sighting since 2005.
The first garden Red Admiral was seen on 9th July
followed by first Holly Blue 11th July, first Green-Veined White on 24th July
and first Gatekeeper on 28th July
July, August and September produced many more new garden moth ticks - both macro and micro moths
2nd July Heart and Club
Phlyctaenia coronata (photo below)
Also on 2nd July
Bird Cherry Ermine
Spilonota ocellana (Bud Moth)
23rd July Scarce Footman
Dark Spinach (photo below)
24th July - Clay (found in bathroom)
30th July - more micro ticks:
Brown House Moth
Single Dotted Wave (photo below)
9th September produced an Autumnal Rustic (photo below)
plus Vine's Rustic and on 30th September a Rusty Dot Pearl
One of the highlights of August was a visit to a Falconry Display at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens - a great opportunity to get up close to various species of falcon and owl and a chance to marvel at their flying skills in a flying display
Throughout July I had checked out a few local churchyards hoping to see Spotted Flycatchers and on 28th July (tipped off by a local birding blog) I struck lucky at Berkswell and was able to watch a family of these lovely birds. They were too far away for photos so just a poor record shot of one of the juveniles below
I spent a happy few hours in the garden at the beginning of August watching and taking photos of various species of hoverfly - below a Marmalade Hoverfly
Brandon Marsh - a Lifer and some "Flutters"
We went to Brandon Marsh on 5th August where we watched a Wood Sandpiper (3 ticks in one here - Year, Warwickshire and a Lifer!)
There were lots of juveniles around - long-tailed tits, chiffchaffs, common tern and lapwing.
I used the telephoto zoom lens to take some butterfly pictures
This Oak Eggar moth was a life moth tick although it was very sad to see one of its wings had been torn off and it was unable to fly
We had sightings of up to 6 young newts, at various stages of development, in the garden pond in the middle of July
Dahlias at Baddesley
I always try to visit Baddesley Clinton at the beginning of September to see the dahlia display
and on 18th September we spent a fun few hours at Lapworth Scarecrow Festival
Hope everyone had a good Christmas - I have a new toy for my camera! A macro lens (a joint Christmas and Birthday pressie off Brian and my mom). Looking forward to trying it out although I suspect I am going to have to get used to utilising the tripod more and practising manual focusing!!!