Saturday, 21 March 2015

Spring Midge

 Non-biting Midge. The first of very, very many. 
 Waiting for help to id this from Surrey Moths Group! Just come in from Billy (cheers!) - Mompha Epilobiella- a new one for me and only one previous Beddington record. 
 Hairy Bittercress (like all my non-bird identification more than happy to be corrected if mis-identified. I kill anyone who tries to correct my bird id! :-)  ) 
Cherry Plum and Blackthorn in full blossom at moment. The recent north-easterlies have put the dampeners on Spring a bit. Noticed a few more plants coming into flower locally- Hairy Bittercress, Charlock (been flowering through winter too), Forsythia (just), Red Dead Nettle, first cultivated Tulips, Willows are in catkins, cultivated violets to add to this list from a couple of weeks ago: Winter hellibores, Snowdrop, Crocus, Daffodil, Primrose, Cherry Plum, Purple Plum, Blackthorn, Dog Violet, Sweet Violet, Speedwells, Colts Foot, Lesser Celendine and Viburnum Tinus. 

Quite a good day on the farmlands today- Curlew, Jack Snipe, Wheatear, 2 Water Pipit, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Garganey. Despite spending the morning there- I didn't see any of it. Highlight of my day was the midge (until the new micro). 

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