A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Saturday, 10 March 2012
More Moths and Garden Update
GMS Week 2
There were 4 moths in the moth trap this morning - 3 Common Quakers and a Hebrew Character. I've made a much better start to this year's mothing than in the previous two years. In 2011 I didn't trap my first moths until 18th March and in 2010 I only caught two moths all March - two Common Quakers on the 21st of the month.
Hebrew Character - so named because of the black markings which are shaped like the Hebrew letter Nun.
Summary of Moths Trapped Friday, 9th March 2012
6.00 p.m. until dawn
Minimum temperature 6.3 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x 3
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x 1
Moths species for 2012 = 7
Finally, managed to catch a glimpse of a frog in the pond this morning - hoping for some frogspawn soon! A long-tailed tit has been collecting feathers from the lawn so it looks as though they are building a nest in a nearby garden. The wren is still roosting in the hanging basket and I am wondering if it is planning on building a nest there again as I have seen it enter the basket several times during the day.
I had a wander around the garden today trying out the macro lens again as more and more spring flowers are appearing
Viola - I know I take a lot of pictures of violas and pansies but I just love their little "faces"
A cyclamen flower - I bought several plants from Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens recently to go in the wooded area at the top of the garden.
Primroses - although I have lost two out of three of the original clumps another 3 have appeared nearby
The camelias are starting to flower - we have watched a grey squirrel picking these flowers in the garden next door - I'm not sure if it eats the whole flower or is after the nectar!
The two lungwort plants I bought last year have survived the winter
Lichens- I have got two FSC id guides to lichens and one of these days I will get round to having a go at identifying some of them!
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