Sunday, 19 May 2013
A Mystery Pug and a "Happy Event"
I put out the moth trap for GMS last night and, although there were no moths in there this morning, I did go outside several times last night (got very bored watching Eurovision!!) to check and potted three during the course of the evening.
Minimum Temperature was 5.0
First pug of the year is proving exceedingly difficult to identify even though for once its a nicely marked individual rather than worn. I think its probably a Mottled or Brindled Pug but I've gone over the id features again and again and am still not sure although I am leaning towards Brindled. There again it could be be neither of these! Even tried to get David to help as his close vision is much better than mine and he wasn't sure either.
Any help anyone can give would be hugely appreciated :) I'm taking part in a Garden Moth Challenge this year - I know full well I won't do that well but every species counts :)
Edit Thanks so much to Ben (see Comments) and Stewart (Twitter) for identifying this species for me - its a Brindled Pug
The other two moths were 0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) - a small, common micro moth and new for year. Shown in photo below.
Plus another Many-plumed Moth (Alucita hexadactyla) - 1288
Yesterday, right on schedule!!!, we were greeted with the sight of 6 or 7 Blue Tit chicks just hatched on the nestbox camera. Sorry, it really is a truly dreadful photo but if enlarged you may be able to see a couple of open beaks!!!
Today we have counted nine nestlings. I suspect there may be tenth hidden away in there somewhere as we couldn't see any unhatched eggs today.
This year the parents seem far more assiduous which is good news. The nest seems to be better constructed and when incubating the female took huge care to completely cover the nest whenever she left it. In addition, and unlike previous years, the male is already bringing in lots of small caterpillars. The female also seemed to be fanning them with her wings this afternoon as if they had become too hot!
I forgot to mention in my last post that after visiting a location several times I finally managed to see a Peregrine Falcon. I knew they were at the site but I was over the moon to finally spot one.