Monday, 21 July 2014

A lot of moths

 Jersey Tiger
 Marbled Beauty
 Acrobasis advenella
 Catoptria pinella
 Least Yellow Underwing (first for me)
Epinotia nisella (thanks to Sean from Surrey Moths) . First for the farmlands.
 Argyresthia sp ?
Recurvaria leucatella (thanks Surrey Moths). A first for the farmlands.
Eucosma hohenwartiana (thanks to Surrey Moths). A first for the farmlands.
 Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
 Agriphila tristella

It's been hectic over last few nights during this heatwave. 83 species of moth over last three trapping nights with over 100 individuals in a night (just from one actinic trap at 'the obs' window).

New for the year recently include Ruby Tigers (up to 6), Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Cachlimorpha straminea, Acrobasis advenella, Brown-line Bright eye, Least Yellow Underwing, Cydia speldana, Pebble Prominet, Spilonota ocellana and Agriphila tristella. Up to three Jersey Tigers so far.

The Starling problem continues- caught two to three different birds in the potter trap (see video below). Thought the fright of getting caught might stop them but the raids on the trap continue.

More micros here: Even worse photos

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rainham Day Trip

 Greenshank and Lapwing

Had a day trip to Rainham today with Sue (was supposed to be a team of six but only Sue and I turned up). 1 Red Kite (rare this end of town), 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 6 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 40+ Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 30+ Common Tern on the river, 1 Garganey, Bearded Tits, 30+ Goldfinch, 10+ Linnet, 4 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 30+ Swift, Sedge Warblers still singing and one almighty thunderstorm (one of most intense I've been in).

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Hot day

 Meadow Brown (one white spot in eye)
 Gatekeeper (two white spots in eye)
Cochylimorpha straminea (A first for farmlands if correct id) 
 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull or Lesser Black-backed Gull?
 Purple Loose-strife
Horsetail and Reedmace
The heat wave continues with a few storms going through. A few waders seen by the group this morning; 8 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 juvenile LRP, 15 Lapwing and Derek had 11 Green Sandpiper in the week. About 100+ Swift about, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Kestrel (mainly hunting on the mound), 1 Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 40+ Goldfinch on the mound, 3 Shoveler and quite a few young Little Grebes. The Shelducks all seem to have gone.
Lots of butterflies about- good numbers of Gatekeeper now. 50+ Six-spot Burnet on the mound.
Mothing now - the first Ruby Tigers of the year, had the first Jersey Tiger a couple of days ago, still lots of Footmans, Smoky Wainscots, Least Carpets etc.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Tales from the Bugry

 Started getting Starlings coming into the bugry and eating the moths so I borrowed Darryl's Potter trap and caught this one. Interesting to see the moult out of juvenile plumage.
 Scorched Carpet
 Oegoconia quadripuncta
 Swallow-tail moth
 Soldier fly sp.
 Ledra aurita- a large leafhopper with unmistakable large ears projections
Common Grass Veneer and Orchard Ermine (i think)
It was hectic last night in the heat wave conditions. Well over 100 moths and 12 new for year including Tree-lichen Beauty and Swallow-tail moth. A real mix of insects with lots of beetles- ground, rove and water beetles, ladybirds, leafhoppers, caddisflies, a mayfly, a robber fly, a soldier fly, picture-winged fly, loads of mosquitos and midges- its was manic. Lots of micro moths too.
Just heard a Turnstone calling from the window.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Great Knot twitch

Met with Gwent birders, Darryl, Tom and Haydon and twitched the Great Knot (needed it for the world and WP). Great day and great to catch up with up Darryl.
Darryl's account

Monday, 14 July 2014

Weekend update

 Juvenile Kestrel- one of two recently fledged birds on Parkside
 Male Whitethroat- still singing on territory. Looks like most Whitethroat families have moved out already.
 Small Tortoiseshell on Margoram (first time Margoram has been recorded on site- probably came in with the meadow mix)
 Six-spot Burnets- about 10 on the mound
 Essex Skipper- loads about. Probably 100+ on Horsefield alone and several 100 across the site
Rosy Footman
On the bird front- two adult and a juv LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, a few Green Sandpiper, 20+ Lapwing, Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank in the week (via Devilbirder), 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 4 Kestrel and tit flocks and Blackcaps and Chiffs along the edges.

Butterflies- 500-1000? Essex/Small Skipper (how can you count these things?), 5+ Marbled White, 100+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Large White, 10+ Small White, 40+ Small Tortoiseshell, 20+ Gatekeeper, 10+ Ringlet, 2 White-letter Hairstreak in the week (met up with the Biodiveristy team from Sutton to show them), 5+ Common Blue, 5+ Holly Blue, 4 Red Admiral and 3 Peacock.

Moths: Recent new ones for the year include Rosy Footman, Whitepoint, Copper Underwing, September Thorn, Catoptria pinella, Six-spot Burnets are coming on the mounds and lots of cinnabar moth caterpillars.

Plants: Real flower power scenes at the moment. Purple Loose-strife coming out all over the lakes, Goat's rue, mellilots, clovers, at least 9 species of grasses on the mounds and Scentless Mayweed colonizing the final restoration cell.