Finally last night an evening when at dusk it wasn't chucking it down with rain and I was able to put out the moth trap (well, as its got an actinic bulb I think you can use it in the rain but even with an upturned plant pot over the electrics I still worry and avoid trapping when its heavy rain - wimp that I am).
I did manage to trap two moths - Emmelina monodactyla and my first Shuttle-shaped Dart of the year.
and once again many thanks to Stewart from The Orthosia Enthusiast for recommending slate as the background - the markings seem to show up much better!
Summary of Moths Trapped Monday, 23rd April
GMS Week 8
8.00 p.m. to dawn
Minimum Temperature 4.3 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Emmelina mondodactyla x 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) x 1 NFY
Garden moths species for 2012 = 12
Temptation has arrived in the form of this leaflet which fluttered out of "British Wildlife" magazine when it arrived yesteray!!
How can I resist??
At long last a comprehensive field guide to the micro moths in one volume. Hopefully, it will help my identification skills?! Although I fear there will still be many photos of unidentified or wrongly identified moths appearing here!
There are still no eggs in the Blue Tit nest but Mrs Blue Tit started to roost overnight in the nestbox from last Friday onwards (a promising sign!). Sorry for the poor picture quality but I have taken photos from the tv screen to which the nestbox camera is routed. It will at least give you an idea of progress.
Here she is roosting overnight
and feathers have been added to the nest starting with one last Friday
Over the course of the last week I have seen the Wren going into the nest in the hanging basket several times a day and as she has not been carrying nesting material I have a feeling she may be sitting on eggs.
A male Bullfinch was seen in the garden on Saturday and Sunday - the first sighting this year although they only rarely visit the garden and on Sunday a pair of Collared Doves were feeding - believe it or not the first garden sighting of the year for this species too. This brings the number of species actually seen within the garden this year to 26.
Common frog tadpoles emerged from the frogspawn a few weeks back - if you click on this image to enlarge you may just be able to make one out.
Seeds are just starting to come up in the part of the wildflower meadow which has been re-seeded.
Red campion which has self-seeded into a flower border from the meadow is just starting to flower
as are the wood anemones - I find this species really hard to photograph as the white always bleaches out - note to self to experiment with white balance function on camera!
I planted some sunflower and tomato seeds a short while ago. I really like sunflowers and they are good for attracting insects. We haven't grown tomatoes for some years but I just adore green tomato chutney and its very hard to buy green (unripe) tomatoes so I've decided to grow my own! No sign yet of the tomatoes but the sunflowers are just breaking through.
To me they look like the heads of baby snakes breaking through the compost!
At the end of last week I had a day out with a friend (will do a post on this later this week) and I couldn't resist buying this alium - hopefully another plant to attract insects this year.
I rather like succulents and this plant Aeonium Arboreum "Zwartkop" is my very favourite so I bought one of these too!