There are still not exactly many moths coming to the moth trap which I've run the last two nights. Monday's minimum overnight temperature was 8.4 degrees centigrade and Sunday night's 8.5 degrees centigrade.
The only moth trapped was on Sunday night:
2289 Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis one of the noctuid moths.(I think I may have finally got the italics on Blogger to work as I'm typing this in Google Chrome having got fed up with Internet Explorer refusing to operate "pop-ups" without pushing the control button!) Edit - Sadly on publishing the italics still don't work!
The moth looked in rather pristine condition to me.
I hope I've got the id correct - as ever with the moth world there is a (to my eyes) similar species of Poplar Grey - please feel free, as always, to leave a comment if I am incorrect.
I've compared the last two previous years moth records with this year and the number of species trapped is way down this year
2010 21 species caught by 22nd May
2011 20 species caught by 22nd May
2012 13 species
Blue Tit Update
Just to let everyone know the 2 nestlings are growing albeit slowly! and are covered in a fine down.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Concert
David got tickets for the above concert last night held at the Solihull Arts Complex (and just to think I might have persuaded Brian to take a trip to Ladywalk NR where a Nightjar had been seen - this would have been not just a Warwickshire tick but a lifer for me too!). I digress....
David was based at his Company's Solihull office yesterday which is only a few hundred yards from the theatre so, for once, we were able to have a meal instead of trying to eat cheese salad rolls in the car en route. We had a rather nice Veggie pizza and coleslaw salad at Pizza Express in Touchwood.
Taiko Drumming is a traditional Japanese performing art and the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are the only European touring professional Taiko group and the UK's longest established group. The group were accompanied on some of their pieces by Nobuko Miyazaki - a brilliant flutist. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and as their programme says the concert lived up to their name of providing "limitless reverberation"!
Up on Swallow Heights
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