In my attempt to switch back to birds as the autumn unfolds I spent this morning at Farmoor Reservoir and this afternoon at Otmoor RSPB. Ebird lists HERE and HERE. It was pretty good with a nice little haul of migrants and local specialities including Wood, Green and Common Sandpipers, juv Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlews, Garganey, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Crane, Bitterns, Hobby and Marsh Harriers. Wood Sand was a county tick (now on 159 for Oxfordshire).
Wednesday 28 July 2021
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Had a family day at Wolburn Safari Park yesterday and in between working been doing a bit of mothing. Been a few migrants since the weather turned- Diamond-backs, Rusty-dot Pearl, Silver-Y and Kent Black Arches. Four Tree-lichen Beauties were nice last night. Still getting over 80 species a night.
Sunday 25 July 2021
It's been a return to normal temperatures over the last couple of days/nights. The moth trap has quietened down and it all feels a bit more autumnal. With that in mind and preparing to switch back to focusing on birds from moths soon (a perilous choice considering this high summer has produced the year's best birds nationally/regionally i.e. Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Egyptian Vulture, Least Tern, Red-necked Stint, Red-winged Blackbird , Black-browed Albatross, Pacific Swift etc), I visited Otmoor yesterday in the hope of a bit of wader passage. 4 Garganey, 2 LRP, 4 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 9 Snipe, 100+ Lapwing, Bittern and Hobby were the highlights on what was a pretty quiet session HERE .
The quieter conditions has provided a chance to take a closer look at some of the UFOs from the heat wave. Hope the county recorder catches up with irecord soon to verify some of these- it's getting out of hand.
Thursday 22 July 2021
A few more best guesses of unusual looking moths from the heaving moth trap at the Old Vic.
Wednesday 21 July 2021
The heat wave continues and it's still super busy in the moth trap. Too busy for the county recorder to keep up with validating the irecord data so still dodgy solo identifications from me. Here's the latest batch of unverified best guesses and highlights.
According to Twitter my Small Wainscot from last week is actually a Mere Wainscot See here . No doubt more corrections to come.
Brown Hawker, Beautiful Demoiselle and Marbled White in the garden today, presumably dispersing from the surrounding environments in this heat. Also think I had a Thyme Plume in the trap but it got away before I got to photograph it.
222 species of moth so far this week.