A common crossbill visited the pond a couple of times today. I got some photos, but they were terrible.
We also had only our second sighting of a Blackcap from the house, this time a female. Again, my photos were poor but that was mainly because she was sitting behind a branch.
Back in June 2014 we collected an emperor moth caterpillar down by the fish ponds. Today a beautiful female moth emerged. This gave us the opportunity to test the stories I'd heard on how effective female moth pheromones are in luring males. I expected to have to wait a couple of minutes, but as soon as we opened the door to take her outside, two male emperor moths were flying around the net cage she was in. I'd not recorded an emperor moth in the garden before, so this is a new species.
After a few seconds, we opened the net and let one of the males at her. The other male flew off dispirited.
As a parting gift, she deposited a hundred or so eggs on the wall, so we'll have some work to do feeding them through the summer.