Woody spent four days chipping away at the hole. For the last 2 days all we saw in the main was Woody’s bum sticking out as he dug deeper. I wonder if he was enlarging a Great Spotted Woodpecker’s old dwelling. I noticed that his red crown (All Hail King Woody) was flecked with white. Possibly sawdust, possibly abrasion. Don’t worry Woody. There is always Woodpecker 2000 to restore your fire-red glory. He also became an early starter. Each day when I went out to check the moth trap Woody was always out before me (I venture out around 6am). Yesterday afternoon after we returned from Salisbury I raised my binoculars and saw a face poking out of the hole. Mrs. Woody! They can be separated as the female has no red flash in her moustachial stripe. So she has moved in. I hope she likes it and stays. Last night we had heavy rain which will have tested whether it is watertight. Now we wait and see.
I have so far identified four species of caddisfly here. I had considerable help with the first two. I then bought that ever-popular chart-topper The adult Trichoptera (caddisflies) of Britain and Ireland. I’m not sure whether this has helped or hindered but this morning I am confident I added Limnephilus sparus to the list. Widespread and fairly common apparently. Oh well. I liked it anyway.
Not much else to report. Mrs. Ha was enchanted by the Grey Squirrel that came up to the window and pulled faces at Lulu. I am struggling to identify plants. My book has 8 different species of Forget-me-Not, which is 7 too many in my view. So I have narrowed it down and have a 1 in 8 chance of being right. The grass has been cut at the upper end of the garden and I now need to find someone who can scarify on an industrial scale. Any volunteers?