Saturday 11 November 2023

More Cool Fungus, plus Snipe and a Stoat


Very recently dead stoat, unmarked.

Honey fungus surrounding a tree.


Dead Moll's Fingers

Lots of snipe at Venus Pool.

Sunday 29 October 2023

Some Cool Fungus



pestle puffballs?

fly agaric

candle snuff

purple jelly disc

amethyst deceiver

common earthball

Thursday 12 October 2023

Sunday 8 October 2023

Merveille du Jour


Had to pop back to show off this tremendous green moth, a Merveille du Jour. Having never seen one before, I suddenly had three in my trap last night, together with 5 other new species.

In the centre pic are two Red-green Carpets, superbly camouflaged.

Monday 2 October 2023

End of Season Moth Round-up


Coxcomb Prominent

Lime Hawk and Eyed Hawk moths

Silver Ys and an Angle Shades

Centre-barred Sallow

Small Blood Vein

Hummingbird Hawk moth

Maiden's Blush

August Thorn and Purple Thorn

Small Yellow Wave and Mint moth

Purple Thorn and Poplar Hawk

Canary-shouldered Thorns

A Pebble prominent, well-camouflaged in the top pic.

Eyed Hawk

It's been a stunning year for moths in our garden, something I put down to the fact we turned 3/5 of our garden over to wildflowers. I've had six species of Rustic, five of the Prominents, four types of Thorn, and three different Wainscots plus a lot of firsts like the Small Elephant Hawk moth, the Hummingbird Hawk, the Eyed Hawk and the Lime Hawk. Many Angle Shades, too. I will do the same next year, so let's see if the trend continues!

Meanwhile, this blog will go into semi-hibernation over the winter, as usual. See you in the Spring.

Sunday 10 September 2023

Baby Pigeons Are Called Squabs

This squab was in the garden. I left it alone because it had water, was feathered and the parents were nearby.

Sunday 3 September 2023