Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Garden BIrdwatch Update

Week starting 18th December 2011

Robin 1
Blackbird 2
Greenfinch 2
House Sparrow 1
Goldfinch 15
Magpie 1
Chaffinch 1
Blue Tit 1
Starling 26
Jackdaw 2
Wren 1
Feral Pigeon 2

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed, Peanuts & Kitchen scraps
Water

Garden BIrdwatch Update

Week starting 11th December 2011

Blackbird 1
Robin 1
Blue Tit 3
Dunnock 2
Goldfinch 5
Greenfinch 4
Starling 2
Great Tit 1
House Sparrow 3
Coal Tit 2
Jackdaw 2
Collared Dove 3
Woodpigeon 1
Feral Pigeon 2
Magpie 1
Chaffinch 1

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanuts
Water

Garden BIrdwatch Update

Week starting 4th December 2011

Goldfinch 10
Starling 18
Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 1
House Sparrow
Dunnock 2
Greenfinch 4
Chaffinch 1
Blackbird 1
Robin 1
Woodpigeon 1
Collared Dove 3
Feral Pigeon 4
Magpie 1
Jackdaw 3
Herring Gull 1

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed, Peanuts & Kitchen scraps
Water

Garden BIrdwatch Update

Week starting 27th November 2011

Collared Dove 3
Greenfinch 4
Goldfinch 14
House Sparrow 2
Dunnock 2
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 2
Great Tit 1
Blackbird 1
Jackdaw 5
Starling 10
Woodpigeon 1
Chaffinch 1
Feral Pigeon 2
Wren 1

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanut
Water

Garden BIrdwatch Update

Week starting 20th November 2011

Goldfinch 7
Greenfinch 5
House Sparrow 3
Dunnock 2
Robin 1
Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 2
Starling 16
Chaffinch 1
Collared Dove 2
Woodpigeon 1
Feral Pigeon 4
Magpie 2
Jackdaw 5

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanuts
Water

Garden BIrdwatch Update

Week starting 13th November 2011

Blue Tit 3
Magpie 1
Goldfinch 9
Greenfinch 2
House Sparrow 9
Dunnock 1
Blackbird 1
Coal Tit 1
Starling 4
Jackdaw 4
Wren 1
Collared Dove 2
Chaffinch 1
Feral Pigeon 4

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts, Seed & Kitchen Scraps
Water

Saturday, 19 November 2011

New Moth for Garden


A record shot of a Rusty-dot Pearl. This is the 203rd moth specie recorded in our garden.


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Garden Birdwatch

Week starting 6th November 2011

Blackbird 1
Woodpigeon 1
Collared Dove 3
Jackdaw 4
Coal Tit 1
Great Tit 1
Chaffinch 1
Starling 3
Goldfinch 11
Greenfinch 3
House Sparrow 11
Dunnock 2
Blue Tit 1
Robin 1

Food: Peanuts, Seed & Sunflower Hearts
Water

Butterflies: 1 Red Admiral (6/11/11)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Another photo for the Duck Album

They maybe common, but the Mallard is still a smart bird.

Autumn at RHS Wisley

Photographs from a visit of RHS Wisley on 2nd November 2011.





Garden Birdwatch Update

Week Starting 31st October 2011
Goldfinch 7
Greenfinch 3
Collared Dove 2
Jackdaw 2
House Sparrow 7
Dunnock 2
Robin 1
Blackbird 2
Woodpigeon 1
Starling 9
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 2
Great Tit 1
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts & Seed.
Water

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week Starting 23rd October 2011
Goldfinch 7
Greenfinch 2
House Sparrow 13
Dunnock 2
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
Starling 8
Blackbird 2
Robin 1
Jackdaw 4
Collared Dove 3
Woodpigeon 1
Magpie 1
Wren 1
Feral Pigeon 2
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanuts
Water

Garden Birdwatch Update

Weeking starting 16th October 2011
Dunnock 1
Blue Tit 2
Collared Dove 4
Goldfinch 21
Starling 44
Coal Tit 1
House Sparrow 5
Jackdaw 3
Woodpigeon 1
Robin 1
Blackbird 1
Magpie 1
Wren 1
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts & Seed
Water
Butterflies: Red Admiral

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Garden Moths

Friday 14th October 2011. Minimum Temperature 6.7C

998 Light Brown Apple Moth 1

Disappointing evening, but it is better than last weeks no show.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Glossy Ibis at Saltholme

A Glossy Ibis was found at RSPB Saltholme today. The bird was showing well from the Phil Stead Hide.
video

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week Starting 9th October 2011.


House Sparrow 7
Dunnock 2
Goldfinch 11
Greenfinch 1
Blue Tit 1
Coal Tit 1
Blackbird 1
Starling 14
Jackdaw 4
Woodpigeon 1
Collared Dove 2
Robin 1
Magpie 1

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanuts
Water

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week starting 2nd October.
Goldfinch 22
House Sparrow 5
Dunnock 2
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
Great Tit 1
Jackdaw 4
Greenfinch 1
Woodpigeon 1
Collared Dove 3
Robin 1
Magpie 1
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts & Seed
Water

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week starting 18th September 2011.
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
Great Tit 1
Goldfinch 31
Greenfinch 2
Chaffinch 1
Robin 1
House Sparrow 11
Dunnock 2
Starling 2
Blackbird 1
Jackdaw 2
Collared Dove 4
Woodpigeon 1
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts & Seed.
Water
Butterflies: Speckled Wood 1, Red Admiral 1, Large White 1 & Small Tortoiseshell 2
Amphibians: Common Frog 2

Garden Moth Update

Results from Friday 23rd September 2011. Minimum temperature recorded 11.2C.
998 Light Brown Apple Moth 1
2306 Angle Shades 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing 2
2267 Beaded Chestnut 1 (new)
1760 Red-green Carpet 1
1048 Garden Rose Tortrix 2
Here is a photograph of the Beaded Chestnut.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Garden Moth Update

Results from Saturday 17th September 2011. Minimum temperature recorded 8.1C.

998 Light Brown Apple Moth 4
2441 Silver Y 1
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
1726 Dark Marbled Carpet 1

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week starting 11th September 2011.

Blue Tit 1
Coal Tit 1
Great Tit 1
Goldfinch 30
Chaffinch 1
Greenfinch 2
Robin 1
House Sparrow 8
Dunnock 1
Collared Dove 5
Woodpigeon 1
Feral Pigeon 4
Jackdaw 2

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts & Seed.
Water

Butterflies: Small Tortoiseshell 1

Green Carpet



Saturday, 17 September 2011

Big Garden Birdwatch

Week starting 4th September 2011.
Blue Tit 1
Coal Tit 1
House Sparrow 7
Dunnock 1
Goldfinch 15
Greenfinch 1
Jackdaw 3
Woodpigeon 1
Collared Dove 4
Feral Pigeon 1
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanuts.
Water

Friday, 16 September 2011

Garden Moth Update

Results from Friday 8th September 2011. Minimum Temperature 15C

1728 Garden Carpet 1
1776 Green Carpet 1
1937 Willow Beauty 3
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
647 Brown House Moth 2
2107 Large Yellow Underwing 4
998 Light Brown Apple Moth 4
263 Apple Leaf Miner 1
2441 Siliver Y 1
2353 Flounced Rustic 1
1762 Dark Marbled Carpet 1

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Sunrise in Stockton-on-Tees

What a beautiful sky over home this morning at approximately 6.30 am.






Oh Deer at the Teesmouth Field Centre

After the Bird Identification Workshop at the Teesmouth Field Centre a Roe Deer was spotted across the stell. This is a new mammals to add to the species seen of Hartlepool Power Station land.







New Moth for the Garden

The photograph below is an Apple Leaf Miner moth which is a new species for the garden.



Garden Birdwatch Update

Week Starting 28th August 2011

Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
Great Tit 1
Goldfinch 10
Chaffinch 1
Greenfinch 2
House Sparrow 6
Dunnock 2
Robin 1
Jackdaw 3
Collared Dove 3
Woodpigeon 1
Feral Pigeon 3
Starling 30
Blackbird 2

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanuts
Water

Insects: 4 Common Carder Bees
Butterflies: 1 Peacock

August Garden Visitors













Monday, 29 August 2011

Garden Birdwatch

Week starting 21st August 2011.

Blue Tit 2
Goldfinch 8
Greenfinch 1
House Sparrow 9
Dunnock 2
Blackbird 1
Robin 1
Starling 2
Jackdaw 4
Collared Dove 2
Woodpigeon 2
Feral Pigeon 2

Food: Seed, Sunflower Hearts & Peanuts.
Water

Butterflies: Speckled Wood 1, Large White 2 & Red Admiral 1
Insects: Garden Bumblebee 4, White-tailed Bumblebee 2 & Common Carder Bee 3

Moth Update

Saturday 13th August 2011. Temperature not recorded.

425x - Orchard/Apple Ermine agg 2
658 - Carcina Quercana 3
873 - Blastobasis lignea 1
1304 - Agriphila straminella 2
1305 Agriphila tristella 1
1713 - Riband Wave 4
1742 - Yellow Shell 1
1764 - Common Marbled Carpet 1
1921 - Scalloped Oak 1
1937 - Willow Beauty 5
2107 - Large Yellow Underwing 10
2109 - Lesser Yellow Underwing 6
2111 - Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 8
2133 - Six-striped Rustic 2 (new)
2134 - Square-spot Rustic 1
2298 - Svensson's Cooper Underwing 1
2299 - Mouse Moth 1
2321 -Dark Arches 1
2343x - Common Rustic agg 6
2353 - Flounced Rustic 1

Garden Birdwatch

Week starting 14th August 2011.

Blue Tit 2
Great Tit 1
Goldfinch 6
Greenfinch 1
House Sparrow 6
Dunnock 1
Blackbird 1
Starling 22
Collared Dove 2
Woodpigeon 1
Feral Pigeon 2

Food: Seed, Sunflower Hearts & Peanuts.
Water

Butterflies: Speckled Wood 1, Large White 1
Insects: Common Carder Bee 4, Garden Bumblebee 6 & Red-tailed Bumblebee 1
Amphibians: Common Frog 5

Moth Update

Friday 5th August 2011. Minimum Temperature 9.9C.

15 - Orange Swift 1
263 - Lyonetia Clerkella 1 (new)
424 - Bird Cherry Ermine 2
1304 - Agriphila Straminella 6
1338 - Dipleurina Lacustrata 1
1388 - Udea Lutealis 1
1702 - Small Fan-footed Wave 1
1713 - Riband Wave 6
1742 - Yellow Shell 1
1862 - Double-striped Pug 1
1937 - Willow Beauty 6
2092 - Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2107 - Large Yellow Underwing 7
2111 - Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 4
2154 - Cabbage Moth 2
2199 - Common Wainscot 1
2293 -Marbled Beauty 2
2321 - Dark Arches 5
2343x - Common Rustic agg 5


Garden BirdWatch Update

Week starting 7th August 2011

Blue Tit 1
Coal Tit 1
Goldfinch 5
Greenfinch 4
House Sparrow 15
Dunnock 2
Blackbird 1
Collared Dove 3
Starling 23
Carrion Crow 1
Feral Pigeon 2

Food: Seed, Sunflower Hearts & Peanuts
Water

Butterflies: Small White 2
Insects: White-tailed Bee 2, Common Carder Bee 4 & Honeybee 1
Amphibians: Common Frog 5

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week starting 31/7/11

Blue Tit 1
House Sparrow 9
Dunnock 1
Collared Dove 2
Goldfinch 8
Greenfinch 1
Feral Pigeon 2
Jackdaw 3
Starling 12

Food: Seed, Peanut & Sunflower Hearts
Water

Butterflies: Holly Blue
Insects: Garden Bumblebee & Common Carder Bee

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Moth Update

Friday 29th July 2011, Minimum Temperature 8.2C. 12 species recorded.
Marbled Beauty 3
Bee Moth 1
Willow Beauty 3
Scalloped Oak 2
Large Yellow Underwing 11
Lesser Board-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
Cabbage Moth 2
Dark Arches 8
Uncertain 2
Bird Cherry Ermine 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
Orange Swift 1 (nfy)
Toadflax Pug 1
Carcina Quercana 1 (nfy)
Yellowshell 1 (nfy)
Common Rustic agg 5
Golden Plusia 1 (nfy)
Acleris forsskaleana 1
Trachycera advenella 1
Garden Grass Veneer 2
Garden Carpet 1
Dipleurina lacustrata 3

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week Starting 24th July 2011.
1 Blue Tit
2 Collared Dove
2 Dunnock
20 House Sparrow
3 Jackdaw
2 Woodpigeon
1 Blackbird
21 Starling
2 Feral Pigeon
2 Greenfinch
1 Coal Tit
Food: Peanuts, Seed & Sunflower Hearts.
Water.
Butterflies: Comma, Red Admiral & Large White.
Insects: Honeybee, White-tailed Bee, Common Carder Bee & Garden Bumblebee.
On Sunday 24th July, I had an afternoon walk at Coatham Wood near Long Newton. The warm afternoon sunshine was also enjoyed by the Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies. The follwing species were recorded:
Butterflies: 12 Meadow Brown, 16 Large Skipper, 10 Large White, 8 Small Skipper, 1 Small White, 16 Small Tortoiseshell, 11 Small Heath, 1 Green-veined Butterfly and 1 Comma.
Moths: 1 Yellowshell Moth, 2 Shaded Board-bar and 1 Udea Lutealis.
Dragonfly: 1 Brown Hawker.
Mammals: Rabbit & Stoat.

Butterflies of Coatham Wood





Friday, 22 July 2011

Moth Update

16/7/10 - I forgot to post last weeks garden moths. New for year moths marked.

Hightlights were....
Swallowtail 1
Buff Arches 1
Uncertain 4
Burnished Brass 1
Common Footman 1
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2 (nfy)
Scalloped Oak 2
Agriphila Straminella 3 (nfy)
Tinea Trinotella 1 (nfy)
Grey Dagger agg 1 (nfy)
Snout 1 (nfy)

25 species trapped

Monday, 11 July 2011

Grey Heron's of Regents Park, London

A pleasant walk around Regents Park, London.












London Wetlands Centre 9th July 2011

Birds: Rose-ringed Parakeet, Common Tern, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Starling, Coot, Moorhen, Pochard, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull & Canada Geese.

Butterflies: Red Admiral, Speckled Wood & Large White.

Photographic highlights of a trip to the London Wetlands Centre at Barnes.















Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Platyptilia pallidactyla


Another new species for the garden. Four were present in the garden on Sunday 3rd July 2011.

Iron Prominent

This is my third new prominent this year!

Moth Update

I put the moth trap out on Friday 1st July and it was warm dry night with the minimum temperature of 13.2C. 45 species recorded of 134 individuals, so it was the best night of the year so far.
Highlights included my first record of Iron Prominent (2000) and Engrailed (1947). There were also new records for the year:
2199 Common Wainscot
1682 Bloodvein
1709 Satin Wave
1922 Swallow-tailed Moth
1887 Clouded Border
2050 Common Footman
2193 Clay
1378 Phlyictaenia coronata
1816 Toadflax Pug
1304 Agriphila Straminella
1439 Trachycera Advenella.

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week starting the 26th June 2011.
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 1
Robin 1
House Sparrow 6
Dunnock 2
Goldfinch 5
Greenfinch 2
Blackbird 2
Starling 11
Jackdaw 2
Woodpigeon 4
Collared Dove 2
Feral Pigeon 3
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed & Peanuts
Water
Mammals: 1 Hedgehog & 2 Cats.
Insects: 1 Common Carder Bee & 4 Garden Bumblebee

Moth Update

Highlights from Friday 24th June 2011.
21 species trapped and the minimum temperature recorded overnight was 11.0C. The highlights included another Swallow Prominent (2007) and the first records of the year for the following species.
1001 - Lozotaeniodes formosanus
2434 - Burnished Brass
1654 - Buff Arches
1376 - Small Magpie.

Garden Birdwatch Update

Week starting 19th June 2011.
Blue Tit 2
Goldfinch 4
Greenfinch 2
House Sparrow 6
Dunnock 3
Jackdaw 2
Starling 14
Blackbird 2
Collared Dove 2
Woodpigeon 3
Feral Pigeon 2
Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts & Seed.
Water
Mammals: 1 Hedgehog.
Insects: 1 Red-tailed Bumblebee, 2 White-tailed Bumblebee.
A pair of Blackbirds have been prospecting in the garden this week. I think this is their second brood this year having previously reared one chick from a nest in a nearby garden.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

The Drinker Moth

I was so pleased to find a Drinker Moth in my trap on Friday.





I took a short video of it getting ready to fly off.




video

Moth Update

I put the trap out on Friday night for the Garden Moth Scheme and despite the threat of rain the temperature only dropped to 12.2C. Thirty-two species were recorded with four new species for the garden.

1906 - Brimstone Moth 2
1428 - Bee Moth 2
1937 - Willow Beauty 6
1713 - Riband Wave 4
1640 - Drinker 1
1860 - Green Pug 2
1931 - Peppered Moth 1
2489 - Fan Foot 1
2089 - Heart & Dart 18
1961 - Light Emerald 1
1669 - Common Emerald 1
2334 - Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
1728 - Garden Carpet 3
2293 - Marbled Beauty 1
1727 - Silver-ground Carpet 1
2321 - Dark Arches 6
2278 - Popular Grey 1
1340 - Eudonia Truncicolella 2
1803 - Small Rivulet 1
1827 - Freyer's Pug 2
1063 - Celypha Striana 3
2381 - Uncertain 3
2107 - Large Yellow Underwing 1
2322 - Light Arches 1
2154 - Cabbage Moth 1
1293 - Garden Grass-veneer 1
2128 - Double Square-spot 2
1174 - Epiblema Cynosbatella 1
2127 - Triple-spotted Clay 1
2173 - Lychnis 2
1834 - Common Pug 2
2337x- Marbled Minor agg 1

RSPB Saltholme Visit

I went to RSPB Saltholme on Monday 20th June and had a great day. As I left the car park and walked to the visitors' centre I noticed a 6-spotted Burnet Moth feeding on the thistles.



Thirty-five species were seen including Little Gull (1st summer), Sandwich Tern and Sand Martin which I needed for my year list.


Garden Bird Update

Week starting 12th June 2011.

Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 3
Great Tit 3
House Sparrow 8
Dunnock 2
Goldfinch 9
Greenfinch 2
Starling 11
Colared Dove 2
Blackbird 1
Woodpigeon 3
Feral Pigeon 2
Jackdaw 2

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Peanuts, Seed
Water

Butterflies: Speckled Wood 1
Insects: Garden Bumblebee 1, Red-tailed Bumblebee 4

It is good to see the birds returning to our garden in numbers. Sadly we didn't have any birds breeding in our garden. However, adults have continued to visit the feeders for an easy meal whilst looking for live food for young birds.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Coxcomb Prominent

Another new moth for me this morning. It is a Coxcomb Prominent (2008) and it was resting up high on a wall.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Moth Update

This Pale Prominent was found at work yesterday.

Garden Moth Update

30 species trapped lastnight (3/6/11). Minimum temperature was 13.5C.
1906 Brimstone 3
1727 Silver-ground Carpet 1
2472 Straw Dot 1
1428 Bee Moth 1
998 Light Brown Apple Moth 2
648 White Shouldered House Moth 1
1937 Willow Beauty 5
2061 Buff Ermine 3
2422 Green Silver-lines 1
1994 Buff Tip 1
1958 Clouded Silver 1
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 1
2098 The Flame 1
2155 Dot Moth 1
892 Mompha Subbistrigella 1
647 Brown House Moth 2
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle 1
2489 Fan-foot 1
2089 Heart and Dart 5
2337x Marbled Minor agg 3
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart 1
2305 Small Angle Shades 1
1713 Riband Wave 1
518 Coleophora Mayrella 1
1076 Celypha Lacunana 3
1176 Epiblema Trimaculana 1
1835 White-spotted Pug 1
1819 Mottled Pug 3
1827 Freyer's Pug 2
1834 Common Pug 2