May 29th, 2017


Springwatch in my garden! (not actually, but a good sighting)

Massive excitement today when I saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth outside the front door, feeding on the Red Valerian I'be been too slack to weed out of the drive. Not going to weed it out now, that's for sure. According to Butterfly Conservation Migrant Watch (yes I'm the first sighting in Oxford - smugface) they have excellent memories and often return to the same flowers day after day, so I may be able to get a photograph at some point.

Conveniently, Springwatch also restarted today. If you missed it, you missed the Hairy Footed Flower Bees, and it's local so we have a Red Kite nest. There's also a Jay's nest, which reminds me, I have seen a lot more Jays than usual this year. Usually fighting with blackbirds.

Pleased to have another species for my garden list, which also includes Lesser Stag Beetles, Tree Bees and Blackcaps, among the usual suspects like Rats, Blue Tits, Goldfinches, Foxes and Sparrows.

I also saw a mass of blue beetles having a mass mating frenzy on a waterplant by the river, which was full of holes. Not sure what the plant was, something covered in fine silver hairs. Watermint? I'm having trouble identifying it as googling for blue beetle mating frenzy is throwing up some odd results, but it might have been Mint Leaf Beetles.

My camera let me down on both occasions. It's all just blurs.