We had a walk around Jeskyns today, bathed in the sound of skylarks. I managed quite a nice heavily-zoomed shot of a perching song thrush, below:
I came downstairs this morning to find a stag beetle stranded on the plastic roof of the conservatory, casting eerie shadows through the clear, obscure plastic as it struggled to right itself. I was the first one up, and by the time anyone else came down it had gone – but my wife reckons it’s the first stag beetle we’ve ever had in this garden.
Still, I also found this small moth in the conservatory. It’s the short-cloaked moth Nola cucullatella, named for its distinctive shoulder markings that look like – well, a short cloak I suppose.