There has been a better catch of moths this spring than for a couple of years - here's a selection
First is a first for this trap, a Scalloped Hazel, beautiful understated and subtly coloured moth. Surprising I haven't seen one before seeing as there's plenty of hazel around the garden
Brimstone moth isn't uncommon here, but it IS a beautiful creature
Another first this season is Square Spot Rustic, a frequent catch
Shears too are common, but this year they are an early presence in the trap
First Setaceous Hebrew Character this morning, there will be hundreds later in the year
After lots of poring over my Waring and Townsend, I concluded this is an unusually dark Heart and Dart, what do you think?
Another new one for the season, hundreds of these Large Yellow Underwing will be around later
Rustics are early too this year, and the Early Grey is actually a bit late for this garden, tho' not the first by 5 weeks
Out walking yesterday this Corn Bunting was very confiding, and he rattled his keys well for us
Lots of spring flowers, even common ones, look good now
Dog walking is a pleasure this time of year too
Now, can anyone tell me what this is, found on a gatepost up on the Barrow Mount
Less time for model railways now, but some progress building retaining walls out of hardboard, not bad eh?
there's also a new footbridge and the beginnings of the station building
next to come is the painted backscene - unlike these two, it will need to be an urban one, something of a challenge to my feeble painting skills