Sunday 3rd May is International Dawn Chorus Day. Many events have been organised across the UK so that people can visit sites to hear the wide variety of our bird life signal the start of a new day. More information can be found on various web sites including Wildlife Trust and the IDCD site.
There are gradually more small moths appearing around the garden. These two are doing their best to blend in with the mortar between the bricks making up the garage wall.
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata
Early Grey Xylocampa areola
Over the decades many moths have changed their appearance so as to blend in with an ever changing man made world. During the days of the industrial revolution, when coal was king, and through to the 1950s when the Clean Air Acts were introduced it was found that some moths had gradually developed darker markings which blended in better with soot grimed buildings and trees.
Thanks to Bennyboymothman on Flickr for identifying the above moths.
My thanks to Greenfingers of Cabinet of Curiosities and Beyond the Human Eye who suggested that the flying insect in my Invaded section might be Ichneumon speciosus.
This is a large group of parasitic wasps which lay their eggs in butterfly and moth caterpillars. I looked through many pictures of this group of wasps. Though I couldn't spot the one I had there were several similar and at least one site said that there were so many in this group that it was very difficult to identify an individual.
Also thanks to ShySongbird for suggesting that my unidentified bird in the Walkies entry may be a Willow Warbler.
Once I had an idea where to look in my books I could check through and that certainly seems the best match.
It is so nice when people are willing to help out when I am at a complete loss - which is quite frequently at the moment.