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Visits from exciting moths

We were visited by these amazing moths the other day. The last is determined to be a Scalloped oak (Crocallis elinguaria). The other two we don’t know yet. If you do, let me know!

EDIT: Turns out the first one is a poplar hawk-moth (laothoe populi).

Poplar Hawk-moth

Poplar Hawk-moth

Subtle Moth

Subtle Moth

Scalloped oak

Scalloped oak

Which small ducks

A couple of days ago I saw some birds in the water next to the cycle path on my way to work in the morning. My first thought was “small ducks”, but after having past them I realised I hadn’t looked closely at them and though I tried to fix the vague memories of their appearance in my head, by the time I got to work I realised that it could have been anything from a moor hen to a “funnily coloured duck that looked small for some reason”. I wish I could go back in time and look at them properly!

Fortunately, time travel was not required in order to get a second look. On my way home from work, the ducks were still there, and though they got a bit shy when I carefully brought my bike to a stop and slowly got my camera out, they only swam a little further away, and stayed near some grass they could hide in, if they needed it. I managed to get a little video. I’m sure they were making some sounds at the time, but unfortunately it was so windy that it’s pretty impossible to hear anything on here. Towards the end I zoom in, and you can see them a bit better:

I also took quite a few photos, and here are some zoomed and cropped versions. Click for bigger versions in lightbox:

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks

Small Ducks



Hopefully some helpful ornithologists out there can help me figure out what they are. Please comment with your ideas!

Unknown Bird Song

Edit: helpful souls on Twitter have helped decide that this is a song thrush, that just hadn’t started singing properly.

Out on a walk, we saw this little fellow sitting very proud in the top of a tree and singing for us. He wasn’t shy, and after listening to him a bit I decided to record it so I could try to find out what bird he is:

Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas 🙂