GMS Week 12
The moths have returned! Well, at least one tiny micro moth - the only thing to be found in the trap this morning.
The minimum temperature recorded was 6.6 degrees centigrade.
I've gone through the Manley book twice, trawled through various moth websites and visited moth blogs, but I have very little idea what it is. For those who know far more about moths than me please don't laugh but the closest I can get is Wax Moth, or Parsnip Moth or Eudonia pallida. The new micro moth id book can't be published quick enough for me - although I am sure I will still have many id problems:)
I've risked uploading two photos as I still need to extend my photo storage. They are exceedingly heavily cropped but will give you an idea. The length of the moth is one centimetre and the wingspan of both wings only about 3 millimetres.
Edit - Many thanks to Dean for coming to my rescue yet again. The moth is an Agonopterix sp - possibly scopariella. According to Manley in his "British Moths and Butterflies photographic guide" this moth needs either breeding to be confirmed or its genitalia to be examined to be sure of id. Well one thing is sure we will not tbe going down the latter route!
I've left the moth trap out to run again tonight as I am determined to catch more moths and warmer weather seems to be on the approach later next week so I shall persevere.
The swifts are back locally - I saw my first few birds on 17th May screeching round the roof tops.
One or both Stock Doves are still feeding daily and the pair of Chaffinches visit all the time - I am sure they are nesting close by. There were several Greenfinch juveniles on the feeders this morning which is great news considering how scarce this species has been in my garden recently. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is carrying away beakfuls of fat so I am sure he has young in a nest nearby. The two young Blue Tit nestlings have survived so far despite visits from the male with food being very sporadic - the female is now regularly hunting for food herself for the youngsters.