Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata) 1
Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius) 1
Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 1
Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis) 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 3
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 1
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1
|Iron Prominent - First of the year and very early|
An early walk over the fell this morning produced 2 new birds for the year, 2 Swallow over over and there was a fine singing cock Common Whitethroat in the first bit of scrub.
|Kestrel hunting over the fell|
A few butterflies were on the wing, a single Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small White and 3 Orange-tip, together with a queen White-tailed Bumblebee. Several new flowers were noted too, both Sycamore and Pedunculate Oak were in flower, as were a few Apple trees , though I think I had one earlier in the week but forgot about it and a Cherry Laurel. In the hedgerow as well as the Apple, flowering Honesty, Cultivated Tulip, Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium), and Cow Parsley were noted, with the first Meadow Foxtail nearby.
A bit tidy up in the garden this afternoon was all I did. The Blackbird hen slipped off her nest and I used the opportunity to have a peek. Three Eggs. The Tawny Miner Bees in the garden now number at least 5 occupied mines and found another adult drowned in the pond. Small White, Orange-tip and a Comma made an appearance all feeding on the Alpine Rockcress, Arabis alpina I have in the far corner.
My OFFH yearlists currently at stand at
Birds - 90
Mammals - 6
Moths - 30
Hoverflies - 2
Flowers - 85