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
Sunday, 7 April 2013
First Moth of the Year!
Its Garden Moth Scheme Week 6 this weekend. I've been running the trap each week apart from when we were in Norfolk. I haven't bothered doing many moth posts because its been that cold there just haven't been any moths.
Last night the temperature ranged from 6.2 degrees centigrade when I turned the trap on down to minus 3 degrees centigrade around dawn. I didn't think I had caught any moths yet again until I turned over the last egg box and there was this beautiful moth - a male Oak Beauty.
Oak Beauty - "Biston strataria" (1930)
Really rather pleased with this moth as its a first for the garden and well worth the wait! Here it is trying to warm up by quivering its wings.
The flight time for this lovely moth is between late February and April. It is common (especially in the South of England) in Oak Woodland, gardens and areas with scattered trees. Larvae feed on a selection of broad-leaved trees such as Oak, Hazel, Aspen, Alder and Elm.
If you haven't got a moth trap it can sometimes be found in daytime at the base of trees so well worth looking out for.
We still haven't got any frogspawn. This will be the latest year ever. I've recorded spawning dates over the last 20 years and the previous latest date was 31st March. There are frogs moving around in the pond and with slightly milder temperatures next week perhaps we will eventually get some spawn.
I saw my first garden Bumblebee yesterday (one of the white-taileds not sure which one as it had disappeared by the time I got outside) but still no butterflies in the garden.
Blue Tits are going in and out of one of the nest boxes, the Goldcrest is still regularly feeding on fat balls and fat-filled coconut and this morning had a Siskin eating sunflower seeds - another first for the year. The garden bird list for 2013 now stands at 24 - I don't count fly-overs just species that are actually in the garden.
Here's a record shot of the Siskin (sorry poor photo!)
I did go a drive round some local lanes on 28th March actually looking for Hares - no hares but I did see a small flock of Golden Plover (another new species for the year).
(No problems with Blogger today thank goodness but problems always seem to start when I upload a lot of photos rather than just a few!).
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