Whilst exploring the Reserve the other day several of us came across this moth in Upper Sowerholme which has now been identified as a male ‘Drinker’ Euthris potatoria. I know nothing about moths so I am not sure whether this is rare or not but it isn’t in our Collins Book of Moths and Butterflies so it can’t be all that common!
And, more prosaically, are a few more flowers
Hedge Bindweed on the Pads footpath 12 July
Meadow Vetchling in the Oak Circle of the Orchard 11th July
Lords and ladies in the Orchard. About to turn red but the almost always fall over when red so this will have to do for the moment.
People may have noticed the patch of flowers coming up in the Orchard between the main path and the Stump circle. We planted these from bee friendly seed left over from the sowing last year in the Flora field. I think that so far they include:
Then there is common comfrey coming up again in the Pads hedge
Very late dog walk along the path between the Orchard and Cromwell road, I came upon a barn owl sitting on one of the fence posts. Not sure if it was confused by my bright head torch but it allowed me to get within 2 feet. Only flying off when I said “hello owl”. As it flew up another barn owl flew into my torch beam and both owls made off towards the allotments.
On the way back, two tawny owls were calling to each other in the trees by the farm house. Unfortunately I did not get chance to see them, but was entertained by their noisy calls for a good 5 minutes before I was reminded by my dog that we were supposed to be on a dog walk, and I headed home a happy man.
At least eight teal on School Pond yesterday morning (27th), then in the afternoon as well as teal scuttling among the rush was a bigger bird, bigger than a mallard I thin, on the water preening itself. Could this be the sheller Jon mentioned? Too dark and murky to make a good identification.