Given that a male Blackcap was seen on the 10th. December (see below), today we have a Female in the same garden.
The Silver Y is a very common immigrent from mainland Europe and North Africa. They start arriving in May and further influxes take place through the summer months.There is a return migration mainly in September each year.
Now moving south between the showers, fair numbers of Painted Ladies on their way to their winter quarters in Africa.
Probably more common than the records suggest, the Orb Web Spider Araniella curcurbitina was recently seen at the Kilbarry Bog National Heritage Area in Waterford City.
Look twice at any Ladybirds in your garden. They are probably the common 7 Spot Ladybirds but then, count the spots! They might be the uncommon 10 Spot Ladybirds like this one recently seen at the Kilbarry Bog in Waterford City.