Saturday, 12 April 2008

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Visited in Loughor by a Hebrew character (Orthosia gothica), the goth moth! The Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) flowers are starting to appear in that location. Just as the Goat willow (Salix caprea) is progressing past its best, the Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) bud finally makes its grand opening along side. In Bynea, saw my first Red clover (Trifolium pratense) and Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) of the year and noted that the Meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris) is well established. In daylight, saw a Common Marbled carpet moth (Chloroclysta truncata). At NWCW, the Estuarine sedge Carex recta is in flower, Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) flowers are joined by their leaves and Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) flower buds are in evidence. Marestail (Hippuris vulgaria) and Common water starwort (Callitriche stagnalis) are appearing in some of the ponds. Saw a hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) on Red campion.

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