Friday, 18 March 2016
Garden Moths and Birds Update
I put out the moth trap for the first time this year last weekend as the Garden Moth Scheme was starting again.
I trapped 2 new species for the year -
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) and
Common Plume (Emmelina mondodactyla)
Its a shame the Common Quaker had laid eggs in the pot - it doesn't happen very often but I will keep the eggs in the hope they will hatch. We have Birch, Hawthorn and Hazel which the larvae eat.
I will put the trap out again this weekend.
Common frogs and Smooth Newts are moving about in the pond but no frogspawn yet.....
We saw a Grey Heron (new bird species for the year) on the lawn this morning making its way to the pond and no doubt on the hunt for frogs. No photo I am afraid it didn't stay long.
Nesting activity has commenced with Blue Tits checking out the nest boxes, female blackbirds collecting nest material and taking it into one of the holly bushes and a wren is making a nest in ivy on the patio wall. The male wren makes several nests and the female will finish the one of her choice.
I saw my first bumble bee (one of the white-tailed species) whizzing past the kitchen window on Wednesday but still no butterflies.