The Safari didn't manage to get out today but the paint brush saw some serious action and now our hands are really struggling so we'll be brief.
This morning's emptying of the moth trap didn't take long, we're uncertain that this is the Uncertain...looks good for one but last year they didn't appear until late July!
|LATE EDIT - It's a Mottled Rustic|
The garden gave no photo opportunities at all but we did hear a Swift, too high to see - they've been very thin on the ground (or in the air) round here this season, worryingly thin!
We did see a female or juvenile House Sparrow in the top of the Bird Cherry tree drop down to the feeder which is now obscured by foliage from almost everywhere except the kitchen window...good to see the spuggies returning for their usual June sunny seed sessions, missed them last year and are relieved they are back. The Wrens have been very busy to-ing and fro-ing in and out of the defunct hanging basket - couldn't hear any little voices but the content activity suggests little beaks need feeding.
Luckily our Extreme Photographer has been out. today so you've got a variety of quality pics to enjoy rather than the dross you usually have to put with.
First up his Adder from last night, note the milky eye indicating that the animal is about to slough its skin. This first one nearly got away
This female stood her ground...the same one that we photographed rather poorly
Today he's visited a few different habitats.
Eastern Grey Squirrel with Cuckoo-spit on its head - we heard Cuckoo out on the moss last night. DW asked why we had EGS here - they were introduced not far from where we were last night by the Victorians who had no idea what disasters they were about to inflict on the natural world by moving various species round the world.Leech!
Mistle Thrush and nestlings.
Where to next? Back to Patch 2 tomorrow, wonder if today's North Shore Harbour Porpoises move down south a few miles.
In the meantime let us know who's been doing all the wildlifing for you in your outback.