Thursday, 24 July 2014
Monday, 21 July 2014
Least Yellow Underwing (first for me)
Epinotia nisella (thanks to Sean from Surrey Moths) . First for the farmlands.
Argyresthia sp ?
Recurvaria leucatella (thanks Surrey Moths). A first for the farmlands.
Eucosma hohenwartiana (thanks to Surrey Moths). A first for the farmlands.
Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
New for the year recently include Ruby Tigers (up to 6), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Cachlimorpha straminea, Acrobasis advenella, Brown-line Bright eye, Least Yellow Underwing, Cydia speldana, Pebble Prominet, Spilonota ocellana and Agriphila tristella. Up to three Jersey Tigers so far.
The Starling problem continues- caught two to three different birds in the potter trap (see video below). Thought the fright of getting caught might stop them but the raids on the trap continue.
More micros here: Even worse photos
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Greenshank and Lapwing
Had a day trip to Rainham today with Sue (was supposed to be a team of six but only Sue and I turned up). 1 Red Kite (rare this end of town), 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 6 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 40+ Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 30+ Common Tern on the river, 1 Garganey, Bearded Tits, 30+ Goldfinch, 10+ Linnet, 4 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 30+ Swift, Sedge Warblers still singing and one almighty thunderstorm (one of most intense I've been in).
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Meadow Brown (one white spot in eye)
Gatekeeper (two white spots in eye)
Cochylimorpha straminea (A first for farmlands if correct id)
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull or Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Horsetail and Reedmace
The heat wave continues with a few storms going through. A few waders seen by the group this morning; 8 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 juvenile LRP, 15 Lapwing and Derek had 11 Green Sandpiper in the week. About 100+ Swift about, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Kestrel (mainly hunting on the mound), 1 Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 40+ Goldfinch on the mound, 3 Shoveler and quite a few young Little Grebes. The Shelducks all seem to have gone.
Lots of butterflies about- good numbers of Gatekeeper now. 50+ Six-spot Burnet on the mound.
Mothing now - the first Ruby Tigers of the year, had the first Jersey Tiger a couple of days ago, still lots of Footmans, Smoky Wainscots, Least Carpets etc.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Started getting Starlings coming into the bugry and eating the moths so I borrowed Darryl's Potter trap and caught this one. Interesting to see the moult out of juvenile plumage.
Soldier fly sp.
Ledra aurita- a large leafhopper with unmistakable large ears projections
Common Grass Veneer and Orchard Ermine (i think)
It was hectic last night in the heat wave conditions. Well over 100 moths and 12 new for year including Tree-lichen Beauty and Swallow-tail moth. A real mix of insects with lots of beetles- ground, rove and water beetles, ladybirds, leafhoppers, caddisflies, a mayfly, a robber fly, a soldier fly, picture-winged fly, loads of mosquitos and midges- its was manic. Lots of micro moths too.
Just heard a Turnstone calling from the window.