Saturday, 28 September 2013

Stockton Riverside

This afternoon I enjoyed a walk alongside the River Tees at Stockton. The sun was shining bright as I started at the Princess Diana bridge and headed towards Victoria bridge.

There were 37 Mute Swans, 70 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 2 Cormorants and approximately 30 Black-headed Gulls. All common birds but it was good to see them in your hometown.

As we headed back, there was a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly sunbathing on the footpath and a flock of Starlings were starting to look for roosting spaces.










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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Emperor Dragonfly @ WWT London

During a visit to WWT London Wetlands Centre at Barnes on 4th September 2013. I spotted a Emperor Dragonfly resting on a some Typha.



Garden Moth Update - 21/9/2013

I put out my 40W Actinic light with my skinner trap with the hope of catching some Autumnal moths. The overnight low temperature was 14.1 C which was very good for late September in the North East.

Angle Shades 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 6
Small Dusty Wave 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Svensons Copper Underwing 2
Garden Rose Tortrix 1
Dunbar 1
Toadflax Pug 1

Toadflax Pug

Angle Shades

Garden Rose Tortix

Garden Moth Update - 20/9/2013

Tonight the moth trap was out for the Garden Moth Scheme.  The overnight low temperature was measured at 9.0C.

Common Marbled Carpet 5
Light Brown Apple Moth 2

Common Marbled Carpet



Monday, 23 September 2013

Wildlife Camera Trap

Lastnight's action

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Garden Birdwatch - Week Starting 15/9/2013

Blue Tit 3
House Sparrow 20
Goldfinch 8
Greenfinch 1
Chaffinch 1
Blackbird 1
Dunnock 1
Starling 50
Great Tit 1
Robin 1
Jackdaw 1
Coal Tit 1
Feral Pigeon 1
Collared Dove 1

Mammals: Hedgehog
Amphibians: Common Frog

Butterflies:
20/9/2013 - 1 Large White
21/9/2103 - 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Small White

Garden Birdwatch - Week Starting 8/9/2013

Blue Tit 2
House Sparrow 8
Goldfinch 9
Greenfinch 1
Chaffinch 1
Starling 5
Great Tit 1
Robin 1
Jackdaw 4
Coal Tit 1

Butterflies:
9/9/2013 - Peacock 1, Small White 1 & 3 Speckled Wood
14/9/2013 -  1 Small Tortoiseshell

Other Insects: Buff-tailed Bumblebee & Common Carder Bumblebee

Monday, 9 September 2013

Red-veined Darter & Common Blue Damselfly



Both spotted when visiting RHS Wisley on 31st August 2013.

Vapourer Moth Larvae


Found curled up on a plant in the garden.

Garden Moth Update - 25/08/2013

A summary of the catch is listed below. Minimum overnight temperature 14.4°C


Taxa
0263 Apple Leaf Miner (Lyonetia clerkella) 2
0332a Firethorn Leaf Miner (Phyllonorycter leucographella) 1
0453 Honeysuckle Moth (Ypsolopha dentella) 1
0464 Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) 16
0647 Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) 1
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1
0873 Blastobasis adustella 1
0969 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis corylana) 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 17
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 1
1038 Acleris laterana 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 3
1305 Agriphila tristella 2
1388 Udea lutealis 5
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 8
1816 Toadflax Pug (Eupithecia linariata) 1
1862 Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) 2
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 24
1981 Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) 2
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 61
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 20
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe) 1
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 14
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) 1
2299 Mouse Moth (Amphipyra tragopoginis) 1
2300 Old Lady (Mormo maura) 1
2343x Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 1
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) 1
2439 Gold Spot (Plusia festucae) 3
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) 1

Total: 196 individual moths of 32 species.


 Poplar Hawkmoth

Bloodvein

Gold Spot

Garden Carpet

Udea lutealis

Firethorn Leaf Miner

Garden Birdwatch - Week starting 25/08/2013

Blackbird 1
Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 12
Greenfinch 1
Chaffinch 1
Dunnock 1
Jackdaw 1
Feral Pigeon 2
Blue Tit 3
Coal Tit 1
Great Tit 2
Starling 17

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed, Peanuts and Fat Balls
Water

Mammals: Wood Mouse and Hedgehog
Amphibians: Common Frog
Insects: Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Red-tailed Bumblebee and Common Carder Bee

Butterflies:
25/8/13 - 5 Large White
26/8/13 - 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 8 Large White & 2 Small Tortoiseshell

Garden Birdwatch - Week starting 18/08/2013

Blackbird 1
Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 11
Greenfinch 2
Chaffinch 1
Dunnock 2
Jackdaw 2
Feral Pigeon 3
Blue Tit 2
Coal Tit 2

Food: Sunflower Hearts, Seed, Peanuts and Fat Balls
Water

Mammals: Wood Mouse and 2 Hedgehogs
Amphibians: Common Frog + tadpoles
Insects: Buff-tailed Bumblebee and Common Carder Bee

Butterflies:
18/8/13 - 8 Small White & 1 Large White

Garden Moth Update - 16/8/2013

A summary of the catch is listed below. Minimum overnight temperature 15.0°C

Taxa
0424 Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) 5
0464 Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) 5
0892 Mompha subbistrigella 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1010 Red-barred Tortrix (Ditula angustiorana) 1
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 2
1304 Agriphila straminella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1713 Riband Wave [non-banded form] (Idaea aversata ab. remutata) 3
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 2
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 1
1816 Toadflax Pug (Eupithecia linariata) 1
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 3
1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria) 1
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 6
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 30
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 16
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe) 13
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 5
2272 Barred Sallow (Xanthia aurago) 1
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) 2
2298 Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera) 2
2299 Mouse Moth (Amphipyra tragopoginis) 1
2300 Old Lady (Mormo maura) 1
2343x Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 11
2381 Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) 1
2387 Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) 1
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) 2
2477 Snout (Hypena proboscidalis) 2

Total: 123 individual moths of 29 species.



Barred Sallow

Square-spot Rustic

Old Lady

 
Svensson's Copper Underwing