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
Little Egret over the garden at dusk yesterday
The chances of me finding a migrant moth were reduced even further when I found this Great Tit in the moth trap surrounded in moth body parts
The bloody dog (Izzy) spooked the Robins out of their nest in the greenhouse and later went on to kill one - I doubt they have much chance now but still putting out meal worms to assist the adults and trying to keep Izzy under control. Not sure about other people's dogs but cats seem to get the hard time with killing birds but in our garden the dog kills quite a few every year too, especially fledglings. So far we've had Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Great Tit and Blue Tit fledglings in the garden (luckily most of them avoiding the dog).
The first Privet Hawkmoth of the year
Had two Alder moths one day in week
I went for two Large Nutmegs on these (and also for the two photos below) despite the differences in size
I went for Nutmeg on this one