Garden MothsI ran the moth trap overnight on Friday catching 311 moths of 12 species, the best of which were a stunning Yellow Horned, a beautifully marked Pine Beauty and a crisp Early Thorn. Every one of the seven Clouded Drabs was a different colour making identification interesting and I found an Early Grey on the garage wall later in the day.
26 March 2012
Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry
I've noticed the little wheezing noises at the end of a bout of Chiff-chaffing, but today this was quite evident with several of the birds. Perhaps it just takes them a while to get back into their stride? A Common Treecreeper and a Great-spotted Woodpecker showed in the Alder wood, and a chat with Brendan across the stream confirmed what was around. As I walked up the Lampen Wall Marsh Harrier's were sky dancing and calling over the reedbed and Cetti's Warblers shouted their presence from trackside, occasionally showing briefly before skulking off into the gloom.
The early signs of Spring were evident: the Willows were beginning to bud and the first blossoms were out.