Disappointing that no decent migrant moths in the moth trap considering Striped Hawkmoths and Bordered Straws have invaded the country, just a few Diamond-backs and one Rush Veneer in last couple of weeks. I noticed Dave Grundy based in Tarifa had over 200 Striped Hawkmoths last night alone plus loads of other moth migrants so obviously the UK is at the edge of a big event (one also involving bird migrants like an Eleanora's Falcon). Meanwhile in Bucks.. things are less exciting, in fact quite the opposite with the only thing that got my frontal lobe slightly engaged recently was the variation in Large Nutmegs and Nutmegs (luckily we are off on family holiday later today to stave off the impending brain starvation).
Sunday, 29 May 2022
Steady week at the Old Vic
Friday, 27 May 2022
More of an interesting time of year at 'work' (the paid repetitive kind of work) now with longer evenings to do stuff after work and more interest in gardens and green spaces. This week was quite busy, I had to look at 17 different locations for a variety of tree work, planting and small meadow creation jobs with visits to the accountant and Little Woodcote base too with an evening trip with Gillian on Wednesday evening to Happy Valley looking for orchids and a meet up with Zach and Dodge over the farmlands on Thursday following the report of a Little Swift in the region.
Here's a few wildlife highlights.
Sunday, 22 May 2022
The week that was at the Old Vicarage
The Robin chicks in the greenhouse have still not been eaten by the dog (yet!)
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Early days at Howell Hill
Gillian and I tried our luck at Howell Hill yesterday evening after work to look for some early orchids. Not too many out yet but we did find the Early Spider Orchid and a handful of others.
Monday, 16 May 2022
Back at the Old Vicarage
It's been three weeks since the last post about the Old Vicarage, three weeks which mark one of the most rapid changing times of year. The ground vegetation has shot up by about 3ft, the moth catch species diversity (and overall entomology) has increased multiple fold, the vegetables in the mini-farm have been through a rapid growth spurt (as has Isaac who is now six months old), all the leaves are on all the trees now (the Walnut is still not quite fully out), the Spotted Flycatchers have arrived back in the garden, the Swifts are screaming overhead and there are more young fledglings about and plenty of young calling from nests. What with hawkmoths, Swifts and flycatchers now on the stage I guess it's officially Early Summer/ Late Spring.