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Saturday 13 April 2024

I recorded two new beetle species in the garden today: Chrysolina coerulans and Cassida sanguinolenta.

<em>Chrysolina coerulans</em>, Christophstal April 2024

Chrysolina coerulans, Christophstal April 2024

<em>Cassida sanguinolenta</em>, Christophstal April 2024

Cassida sanguinolenta, Christophstal April 2024

Thursday 11 April 2024
Grey wagtail, Christophstal April 2024

Grey wagtail, Christophstal April 2024

Brambling, Christophstal April 2024

Brambling, Christophstal April 2024

A couple of grey wagtails visited the garden today. I was a bit disappointed with the photo to be honest (this was taken through particularly distorting window glass).

Bramblings have usually departed by now, but we have a solitary male who is still with us. I originally thought he might be sick, but I now think he is just fat and lazy.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

A couple of siskins were drinking from our pond today.

Following on from yesterday, another photo of a great tit - this one was fluttering her wings, presumably trying to attract a mate.

Siskin, Christophstal April 2024

Siskin, Christophstal April 2024

Siskin, Christophstal April 2024

Siskin, Christophstal April 2024

Great tit courting behaviour, Christophstal April 2024

Great tit courting behaviour, Christophstal April 2024

Monday 8 April 2024
Great tit, Christophstal April 2024

Great tit, Christophstal April 2024

Great tits don't get a lot of attention in our diary. Here's a photo of a very disapproving individual on our fence.

Sunday 7 April 2024

The population of snails in our pond has reduced, but there are some different species now. Here's a poor photo of a great pond snail floating upside down (see its flat pointed horns).

Great pond snail, Christophstal April 2024

Great pond snail, Christophstal April 2024

Saturday 6 April 2024
Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

Palmate newt, Christophstal April 2024

It's been extremely warm for the past few days so I ran my moth trap for the first time for over a year.

There was nothing unusual in the trap, but this female palmate newt was sitting on the patio.

Friday 5 April 2024

Our first common redstart of the year arrived today.

After our nightly amphibian patrol, we took a look in our pond and found this enormous frog. It looks unusual, so we're not 100% certain of the ID.

When we went in the house afterwards, this orange-striped stonefly was sitting on the door. Now we have a pond, we're going to be seeing more of this sort of insect.

Common redstart, Christophstal April 2024

Common redstart, Christophstal April 2024

(Common?) Frog, Christophstal April 2024

(Common?) Frog, Christophstal April 2024

Orange-striped stonefly, Christophstal April 2024

Orange-striped stonefly, Christophstal April 2024