I've put out the moth trap four times in the last week or so and haven't been having a lot of success. I did trap a Caddis Fly last Monday, a Sexton Beetle on Friday evening but no moths. I did manage to catch just one moth last night. Although that wasn't actually in the trap it flew into the garage as I opened the door to go out and check the trap. I shall have to leave the trap in position on the patio for Garden Moth Scheme nights as they ask you not to move location but on other evenings I think I will try putting the trap further up the garden to see if I have any more luck.
Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata pulchellata) A very pretty, well marked individual.
Blue Tit Update
We are still not 100% sure how many chicks hatched. Emily thought she counted nine whereas Brian and I could only see eight. Sadly, 2 (or 3) have died and we are down to six. The good news is that they all look healthy, their eyes opened yesterday and the parents are bringing in plenty of food especially now its sunnier and drier.
A local village, Hampton-in-Arden has been holding a Festival this weekend with village fete and a competition for scarecrows on the theme of Pantomime characters. David and I went along on Friday for a sneak preview and here's a selection of some of the scarecrows we saw on our walk.
Afterwards we had a rather nice pub lunch at The Malt Shovel, Barston. Beautiful interior but the food, although lovely, was a little expensive.