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