Saturday, 21 April 2012

I've got brand new pooter

It's still raining every day and I'm sure it's not a coincidence   that there has been Mallards and the occasional Goosander flying over at some point virtually every day!  The weather hasn't stopped the birds getting down to breeding eight one of the local Carrion Crows now sitting on it's nest

Carrion Crow's nest

and the pair of Song Thrush managing to get one youngster to fledgling stage.

Mummy and baby Song Thrush

It has stopped the moths, with nothing again overnight, though this is often a very quiet time of year in the garden
A few snatches of sun before today's rain brought a few hoverflies to the garden which I managed  to identify as Eristalis arbustorum, Eristalis pertinax  and Syrphus vitripennis 

Eristalis arbustorum

armed with my Hoverfly guide, net and newly acquired pooter. This later item you place the end of the long tube over the overfly and suck gently on the end of the short tube. The fly ends up in the middle tube and then you can transfer it for a better look.

My Pooter
More rain forecast tomorrow of course

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