It was too brief a stay for me to photograph and fortunately he, or she, didn't make off with any small birds. But an hour or so later, as I biked into Oxford along the canal towpath, I did have time to take pictures of this typical family scene:
"Now don't go too far dears!"
"That's better - plenty of food to dabble for near the bank."
"All content? Then I'm off to Tesco in Kidlington."
And to so to the nuts and bolts. I've assembled in one place, for convenience, all the May moths whose ID I've failed definitely to crack. I've put my best guesses on a lot of the captions, but would as always be grateful for more expert views. A big THANK YOU in advance. Update: and a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Ben Sale, who has gone through the whole lot, corrected those I got wrong and ID-ed those I left as mysterious. MUCH appreciated, Ben.
|Clouded Drab? Ben agrees|
|Another differently patterned Clouded Drab? No, a Rustic Shoulder-knot|
|Small Square-spot? Yes, says Ben|
|Argyresthia retinella? No, Cnephasia spp (needs detailed examination to tell which one)|
|Early Tooth-striped? No, Yellow-barred Brindle|
|Knot Grass? Hooray, Ben agrees|
|Twin-spot Carpet? No, Common Carpet|
|Garden Carpet? Yup, I got that one right|
|Mmmm? It's a Seraphim, lovely name|
|Plain Golden Y? Nope, an immigrant Silver Y|
|Balsam Carpet? Or Common Carpet? The latter|
|Dotted Pug? Nope, White-spotted Pug|
|Clouded Drab? Nope, Rustic Shoulder-knot|
|Bordered Pug? Nope, Mottled|
|Mottled Pug? Nope - see above for that. This one is an Oak Tree Pug|
|Common Marbled Carpet? Yes! Yay!|
|Mmmmm? Red Twin`spot Carpet|
|Small Square-spot? Yes!|
|Something rather worn - and it's another Seraphim|
|A Carpet. But which? None of them. It's a Seraphim again. What an epic. Thanks again, Ben|