Sunday, 27 May 2018

Weekend at the Old Vic

Spent this weekend at the Old Vic working on the bioblitz and carrying on with the wildflower meadow development. After preparing the area a couple of weeks ago today I prepared the seed bed and sowed two mixes of seed- a traditional hay meadow mix and also a pictorial mix. Now waiting to see what pops up. 

Now 550 species on the bioblitz garden list- added a few moths and also Banded Demoiselle this weekend. 

Popped into Otmoor to do the butterfly survey- not that many butterflies but good numbers of Broad-bodied Chasers and a few Black-tailed Skimmers on the Oddington track. Also displaying Curlew, Redshanks, singing Willow, Garden and Sedge Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and male Marsh Harrier, Buzzards and Red Kites. 

 Spotted Flycatcher in the garden. Lots of Spot fly migrants being recorded at southern observatories at the moment but presumably this is one of the local birds. 

 Cock fighting garden Robins
 Yellow-barred Longhorn Nemophora degeerella
 Small Purple and Gold
Gold-fringed Mason Bee (re-identified by irecord)  on Perennial Corn Flower
 Black and Red Froghopper Cercopsis vulnerata
 Dwarf Pug? Waiting for verification on irecord 
 Middle-barred Minor 
 Common Swift 
 Silver-ground Carpet
 Ringed China Mark
 Common Marble
 Marbled Orchard Tortrix
 Diamond-backed Moth
Cork Moth 
 Not got my books on me- the closest I could get to this on the internet is Psychoides filicivora
 One for the books when I get back to the obs. UK Micromoth FB group suggest Epermenia falciformis...
The rarest sighting this weekend was me grafting- had to rake over this whole area and then seed. One of my current goals is to have more time to do physical work. 

1 comment:

Stewart said...

Hi Peter your pug is Common Pug.