Thursday, 12 August 2010

Its cold and wet, it must be summer

Put the moth trap out overnight in the garden and I guess the result was about average 139 moths of 36 species. The best being 2 Thorns - Canary-shouldered and Purple and a Ruby Tiger. The first of the year of two Rustics - Six-striped and Flounced show, worryingly its the start of autumn.

Purple Thorn

Birds - A Great-spotted Woodpecker was calling from the top of the tree in the adjacent paddock and a Green Woodpecker was heard calling from the nearby woods as I sorted the moths. Popped along with my camera after it stopped raining to see if the Tawny Owl was roosting in the same tree again as yesterday. The good news was that it was, the bad news was that it was even higher and more concealed than yesterday. The few shots went straight in the trash. Wrong about the Common Swifts - several juveniles still around after the rain

Flowers - Went into Chester-le-Street in this afternoon. There is a good population of Greater Burnet-Saxifrage (Pimpinella major) on the road from the train station into town that is increasing each year. This is quite a local species in the north-east. So if you are in the town and like wild flowers its worth popping in to look though it'll be past its best soon.

Greater Burnet-Saxifrage 

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