Saturday, March 01, 2014

In like a Lamb...


Early Grey
Last night was the first Friday for the Garden Moth Scheme Survey, that is held every Friday until November. As it was clear and frosty, I expected to draw a blank, but a single Early Grey was a pleasant surprise. I saw one or two geometers in the light too maybe Dotted Border but they'll wait for another day.

Our village Tawny Owls were very vocal last night. It sounded like two pairs squabbling in a row of pines in a neighbours garden. one of the calls was like the bubbling of a Black Grouse. I cant say I've heard it before...

Today is nice and sunny, warm in shelter, with a cool breeze. Not at all like the storms that are supposed to introduce March.

Bank Vole
Out near the bird table, a Bank Vole has taken up residence in the wall. A scattering of seed gets him out for a snack...and of course the local Robins are never far away. A pair are investigating the ivy behind the wall, so I'll be keeping a look out for nesting.

Robin
Oh and while in the garden this morning my first bumblebee of the year rocketed past and away over the back field...

5 comments:

Dean Stables said...

Nice one, Stewart. I`m still awaiting my first moth of the year. And if the weather warms up like they say it`s going to by the end of next week, then i`ll certainly be checking around some external light sources. Especially the 2 bus shelters by the local park.

Stewart said...

I hope you are in the bus shelters in the morning, not at night...god knows what you'll turn up.

Dean Stables said...

Yeah, hanging about bus shelters at night is definitely a no no.

abbey meadows said...

I drew a blank Stew

Stewart said...

Always a worry to blank on the first GMS! I hope its not like last year with about 6 on the trot. Next week will start the ball rolling I bet...