Wednesday, 16 March 2011

A big bag of Quakers

A mild night with a minimum temperature of 3.9C and a second day of it being misty and damp so the moth trap stayed out all night. A good haul of 43 moths of 10 species present this morning consisting of -
1 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia)
2 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria)
3 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria)
22 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
1 Small  Quaker (Orthosia cruda)

Small Quaker - 1st of the year

2 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)
5 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)
5 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)
1 The Satellite (Eupsilia transversa)
1 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)


Nothing out of the usual but a very nice mixed March bag, the Small Quaker was new for the year.

A box of Quakers (and other spring moths) 

Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming away at first light and the pair of Collared Doves mating again. One of our Robins was on the bird table early morning, feeding in the near dark

Robin on the bird table in the dark

House Sparrows only visit the garden occasionally, but they have never been regulars, still a single female was present this morning and 8 were on one of the nearby rooftops at the same time. The garden's resident Wood Mouse performed very well under the bird table as we both ate our breakfast this morning

Our resident Wood Mouse in the mist & drizzle this morning

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