Saturday, 30 July 2011

More Pan Species Listing

God knows whats flying over

Lunar Underwing (correction to Turnip Moth)

Gatekeeper on Watercress

Starlings- a bumper year with 2000+ birds present today

Met up with Steve and Frank today for a pan species tick feast. Things got off to a cracking start with Greater and Common Duckweed followed up swiftly with Marsh Ragwort. Best sounding bit of botany for the day was Trifid Bur-marigold.

On the bird front: 3 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 8 Green Sandpiper, 1 Garganey (although I missed it), 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 15+ Willow/chiff, 6+ Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 4+ Blackcap, 50+ Swift, 10+ Goldfinch, 8 Linnet, 2000+ Starling, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 2-3 Sparrowhawk and 1 Peregrine.

Had a couple of Lunar Underwings recently and finally identified (rather Frank and Steve did) a moth called Sitochroa verticalis which is pretty common on the farm. Butterflies today included Purple Hairstreak (4), Gatekeeper (20+), Large Skipper (2), Common Blue (4+), Comma (4), Peacock (10+), Essex Skipper (6+), Holly Blue (1), Speckled Wood (4), Small White (10+), Large White (10+) and Meadow Brown (15+).

On the Dragonfly front we had Ruddy Darter (new one for me) and Black-tailed Skimmer.

Also on the botany front today Guernsey and Canadian Fleabanes, Russian Comfrey, Blue Water-speedwell, Brooklime, Water Dock, Hoary and Marsh Willowherb.


Josh said...

Your Lunar Underwing looks like Turnip moth to me.

Des McKenzie, said...

I'd agree with Turnip Moth as opposed to Lunar Underwing.

Peter Alfrey said...

Cheers Josh and Des
from the moth dude
Keep the corrections coming please :-)