Saturday, 18 April 2015
Garden Moths, Birds and Butterflies
I put the moth trap out last night even though it was cold overnight (Min Temp 2.5 degrees centigrade was recorded) and there were just 3 moths in the trap this morning.
I was pleased though to see this Twin-spotted Quaker (Anorthoa munda) as I rarely trap this species and its a good "tick" for the year.
Brindled Beauty (Lycia hirtaria) was also snuggled up in one of the egg-boxes - I know a posted a photo the other day but at least this one isn't still in a pot!! Common Quaker completed the trio.
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) together with another Brindled Beauty (sorry Stewart if you read this post!)trapped on Tuesday night.
Tuesday night also produced 2 of the dreaded pugs - I have huge problems identifying pugs down to species level. As you can see from this photo they never keep still and its very difficult to get even a picture. If anyone has any ideas which species it is would love to hear from you! The other pug flew off before I could get a photo as is usually the case!!
Two garden butterfly "firsts" for 2015 today - Orange Tip (Anthocaris cardamines) and Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
I spotted the male Orange Tip when I was watering some pots sadly it didn't linger so this is a photo of one I took last year. The Holly Blue was seen on ivy but it was flying over the garden fence before I could get the camera.
Two new species for the 2015 garden bird list last week too - a female Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) bathing in the garden pond and a Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto). Collared Doves used to be daily visitors but in recent years we only see a couple a year. Probably coincidence but the decrease in doves seems to correspond with an increase in Wood and Feral Pigeon sightings.