Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Much progress!

While this is billed as a wildlife blog, and it will become one, news remains dominated by building and DIY!

We're making lots of progress now - all the ceilings are painted, most of the walls are done, Gary has fixed the rising damp problem, even the gloss is under way, and Zaz is making good progress with the electrics - all trying to get the messy stuff done before the carpets are fitted in a fortnight!

Nurse Julia will see you now....

Glossy cover boy

Even more excitingly, there's the natural history! While it's a quiet time of year for birds, there are lots of juveniles about - Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Blue Tits, Greenfinches, even Jay - but no real sign of the House Martins in their nest, which they rebuilt in June....

Day-flying insets have produced lots of garden ticks - Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Comma, Large White, Brown Hawker, Emperor and various grasshoppers to be identified when they've become adults!

By night, a couple of moth traps have turned up 150+ moths per session, with over 80 species already - highlights have been Bulrush Wainscot, Rosy Rustic, September Thorn, Dingy Shears, various Hawk-moths in some numbers and lots of Buff Tips and Pebble Prominents!

Bulrush Wainscot

Botanically, we've seen various unspectacular but new species - and Simon spent an hour with the mower destroying 100s of Prickly Sow-thistles which were about to set seed!

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