4 moths in the moth trap this morning - 2 Hebrew Character, 1 Emmelina monodactyla and a possible Clouded Drab.
Emmelina monodactyla - one of the plume moths
Is this a Clouded Drab or yet another Common Quaker?!
I find it hard to take photos of the brown noctuids as the markings never seem to come out on the photograph but this is probably the best picture of a bad bunch!
Edit - Huge thanks to Dean, Ornithom and Stewart for coming to my rescue and confirming this is indeed a Clouded Drab - another new species for the year bringing total species for the year to 10.
Summary of Moths Trapped Saturday, 24th March
6.30 p.m. until dawn
Minimum Temperature 2.4 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Hebrew Character x 2
Emmelina monodactyla x 1
Possible Clouded Drab
As always I am really grateful for any help with id or correction of my mistakes!
A wren has been collecting nest material and taking it into the hanging basket on the patio that was used for roosting by a bird this Winter.
The male wren builds several nests and the female then picks one and finishes her chosen nest. The hanging basket above has been used for nesting before by wrens. Unfortunately several young nestlings fell out - one died but the others were gently placed back inside and, as far as I am aware, fledged successfully. The wren has also been seen taking nesting material into the ivy which would probably be a better choice for a nest site! They nested there last year.
Bluebells are starting to flower already
Part of the mini wildflower meadow had become very overgrown with couch grass over the winter and Brian has decided to dig over about a third and re-seed it.
We have ordered the same wildflower mix that we used when planting the meadow originally which includes Birdsfoot Trefoil, Corn Poppy, Cowslip, Field Scabious, Lady's Bedstraw, Lesser Knapweed, Meadow Buttercup, Meadow Cranesbill, Musk Mallow, Ox-eye Daisy, Ragged Robin, Red and White Campion, Ribwort Plaintain, Self Heal, Salad Burnet, Sorrel, Wild Carrot, Yarrow and Yellow Rattle.
Here's a few photos of the work in progress!
When it was originally planted the meadow was dominated by poppy in the first year, then ox-eye daisy and then red campion over the following years. It will be interesting to see what happens this time although I hope some of the St John's Wort, much beloved by insects, survives intact as there doesn't seem to be any in this mix.
A "Smiley" Face!
Hawthorn leaves are unfurling
and blackthorn flowers (which appear before the leaves) are opening
I saw my very first butterfly of the year in the garden while I was taking these photos - a buttery yellow male Brimstone. Wonderful to see but it didn't linger so no pics!
House Sparrows are collecting nest material and taking it under the eaves and the pair of Stock Dove are still visitng.
Finally, a pair of buzzards were soaring high over the garden - I had the 14-42mm lens on the camera so they appear as a tiny dot in the photo below - if you enlarge you may just be able to make the one bird out!
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