Tuesday 28 June 2022
Thursday 23 June 2022
As usual every week I do two or three days in London working on the tree and garden game and try to weave in a bit of birding/mothing stuff. This week I stayed in the straw bale barn at our business yard (as it is currently not rented out) and ran three moth traps at our HQ which is on the North Downs in an area of small holdings, chalk grazing meadows with areas of chalk grassland nearby. Wednesday evening I met up with Gillian and we had a look at Carshalton Pastures (an area of Chalk Grassland) and the Carshalton Lavender field.
Pretty standard fare in the work I had to look at, mainly hedge trimming this time of year but a lot of the gardens are looking great this time of year.
120 moth species over the two nights so not bad. A few highlights below.
Tuesday 21 June 2022
A quick update on the Old Vic fronts.
Birds: 74 species for the year now Ebird year list here , with up to 30 species a day at the moment. Not much happening as expected for this time of year, more young birds appearing including the first young Greenfinches, a couple of Skylarks have moved into fields within sight of the garden now, Spotted Flycatcher prominently 'singing' again and been hearing the Tawny Owls calling again at night.
Moths: Now on 248 species for the year (528 for site) the recent highlights including Dark Sword Grass today, a Clouded Brindle and just a great selection of summer moths (approx at least 60 species of 100 moths on an average night).
Mini-farm: Harvested the first Strawberries, potatoes and broad beans this week and also a load more Rhubarb. The garlic is also ready and now drying out. The Light Sussex/Isa Brown chicks have outgrown the first brooder so we've moved them into a bigger brooder (Jacob's old travel cot).
Wildlife Garden: A few more plants have gone into the butterfly border including Flox, Buddleia and Red and White Valerian.
Mini-zoo: The Yellow-bellied Toad escaped from the Paludarium but luckily we re-found it and seems okay. Added Yellow Labs (another African cichlid) and a Convict Cichlid to the Mbunas, Mollies and Weather Loach in the Paludarium. Need to update the species list now as also added several new tropical and aquatic plants.
Monday 20 June 2022
A big moth night always leaves a trail of carnage in it's wake. So I've spent the last two days trying to identify worn and non-descript micros and battered macros from the heat wave.
Here's a few guesses, tentative ids and some awaiting confirmation.