But lets not foreget the Moths ! I seem to be making progress with the trap.Several new species trapped of late gets my juices flowing again as it was getting a bit rubbish. The better weather and a bit of technique modification seem to be reaping rewards.The most foxy and photogenic of the latest additions are Lesser broad-bordered yellow Underwing and Orange Swift.
|Orange Swift..ohhhhhh nnnice !|
|Lesser broad-bordered yellow Underwing|
Instead I was checking my patch with an eye to the aforementioned rain bringing a good 'homer' down. I started at the paddocks where there were good numbers of Pied Wagtail a dozen or so Linnets, Starlings and Corvids. The male Linnets were looking good from a distance with their pinky fronts.
A Greater Spotted Woodpecker went over, and a group of House Matins fed overhead noisily for a few moments, joining the summer resident Swallows. A Grey Heron hugged the treeline, heading perhaps to the small fishing pool.The House Sparrow flock has plenty of young showing now.
Round at the pumping station it was a bit quiet initially, before a Buzzard called his arrival. I have seen Blackcaps feeding young here, and today I watched the Whitethroats tend a Juv, returning regularly with an invert snack. Nice to see some more successful breeding.
|Whitethroat on patch tending a hidden juv|