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, 8 March 2015
Garden Moths have started to arrive and a Trip to the Theatre
The Garden Moth Scheme which runs from March to November started on Friday, 6th March. Fortunately the night was mild and dry so out went the moth trap. I was really pleased to trap 3 species - all new for the year (not surprisingly)!
Friday 6th March - GMS Week 1
Minimum Temperature 7.2 degrees centigrade
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) - (the females of this species are flightless) x 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) x 1
and the very beautiful Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) with the most beautiful antennae! x 1
The last photo was taken with the Canon Bridge SX50HS on the macro setting. Am still trying to get to grips with this camera - I am not keen on the view finder which is hopeless but can't get used to focusing using the fold out screen. In desperation I have finally given in and have started to print off the manual which comes on a cd and opens as a pdf on the computer. I am also going through a forum with a thread on the Canon bridge, recommended by another Blogger, which is very useful although time consuming!
I ran the trap again last night
Saturday, 7th March
Min Temp 5.7 degrees centigrade.
Just one moth this time also new for year!
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) x 1
This brings the species total for 2015 up to six - not a bad start for my garden. I also potted a small, brown, exceedingly non-descript micro which won't keep still and is likely to remain unidentified!!
On Thursday D and I went along to Birmingham Rep to see The King's Speech. I was that worried about the roadworks near the theatre in Birmingham City Centre that we left far too early and ended up arriving 90 minutes before the performance began. Normally, we eat sandwiches in the car but we left these and had a meal at the Handmade Burgers Restaurant which does the most delicious veggie burgers. I rarely go to this part of the City Centre but Brindley Place and the canal looked lovely at night. One of these days I'll go in the daytime and try to get some photos of this area.
The performance, a production between the Rep and Chichester Festival Theatre, starring Jason Donovan and Raymond Coulthard was excellent.
Welcome to my blog. I have been interested in natural history from an early age and we have tried to create a garden attractive to wildlife. I also enjoy reading, photography, collecting fossils, visiting historic buildings and gardens and supporting Aston Villa. Please feel free to leave a comment and, if you would like to email me, my email address is ciraggedrobinsATgmail.com - remember to replace AT with @. Thank you for visiting.