Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Primroses, Moths and Frogs are still Spawning
Primroses (Primula vulgaris) are now in full bloom in the garden.
There was much croaking and frogspawning activity coming from the pond yet again this morning. Most of the frogs are still diving for cover however quietly you approach but this little group were totally oblivious to my presence.
I fear one female had disappeared under 3 male frogs. I think sadly occasionally females can drown when this happens but I have been keeping an eye on the situation and she has survived so far.
I have added two more moths to the 2015 garden list.
This worn Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)
and I identified a micro moth trapped the weekend before - Agonopterix heracliana agg which is also a new species for the garden.
(Thanks to Dave and Ian on Twitter for id confirmation).
We put out some homemade bird cake last week and I was pleased to see a Starling (Sternus vulgaris) on the birdcake yesterday. Although we still have a healthy House Sparrow population in the garden we rarely see Starlings these days so it was good to add this species to the 2015 garden bird list.
Apologies if you read my other main Blog as there is a bit of an overlap at the moment with frogs and moths. I am going to have a think about what to do about this in the future but for the time being , although I will post moths and anything else exciting which happens in the garden on the other blog , everything else will just be posted here.