Not the easiest time of the year to be writing a gardening or wildlife blog unless, as I have mentioned, you are a birder. Some thirty or so years ago I would be up before sunrise, drag on a pair of my wife's tights and dress up warmly, take myself off to Pitsford Reservoir and indulge in some winter birding. For some unaccountable reason I have not been tempted during recent years (and warm though tights were, it was a real problem going for a pee).
Anyway, today wasn't too bad as winter days go. The morning was cold but sunny; a day to enjoy the apricity. If only I had an insect or two to report on! I spent a few minutes examining the Mahonia 'Charity' growing beside the car park in Byfield. It was in full bloom and presented a lovely sight - but insects were there none.
Nearby, in the garden of our friends Lynda and Damian, a garden rose was displaying a familiar leaf mine: it had been created by a moth, Stigmella anomalella.
The sinuous mines of the moth Stigmella anomalella.
Byfield, Northants, 4 January, 2020
|All the leaflets had been affected.|
The catkins on our Garrya have lengthened greatly over the last month.
Stefen Hill, Daventry, 4 January, 2020