Monday, 23 October 2017

Corvo Adventures

Bay-breasted Warbler by David Monticelli - the 2nd record for the WP 

Things just keep getting better for the Azores Autumn 2017. See Corvo Blog HERE.

For a bit of a tragic tale see the Big Year WP blog HERE

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Otmoor Sunday

A nice morning at Otmoor with Jacob on our traditional (for a six month old) weekend visit. Ebird list HERE

 Bittern No 1 
 Bittern No 2 
 Common Snipes 
Hybird Goose, Barnacle x Greylag/Canada? 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Corvo Update

Hooded Warbler (Vincent Legrand) More from Vince HERE

Turning into another epic Corvo season. Corvo Blog HERE

Azores Moths

Been a busy week catching up with work and the family after the week away on the Azores but finally got round to sorting out some moth pics from the Azores. The high pressure was not great for bird migrants but the warm evenings were better for insects- still no vagrant yank moth identified (apart from White-speck aka American Wainscot and the Wedgeling which breeds/have colonized on the Azores) but a better selection to attempts in the past. Monarch and American Painted Lady have been recorded on Corvo several times before and of course the only WP breeding population of the American damselfly Citrine Forktail is on the Azores. An American migrant moth is presumably a strong possibility- hopefully soon. 

Here's a few preliminary ids (Thanks BILLY for ids): 

 Scar Bank Gem
American Wainscot aka White-speck 
 Slender Burnished Brass 
Herpetogramma licarsisalis, the Grass Webworm
 Mediterranean Brocade 
 Bactra sp.
Male Gem
 Diamond-back Moth 
pyralid in genus Ephestia
Crocidosema plebejana
The Wedgeling- a North American species that has colonised the Azores 
Galgula partita
Gem and Pug sp

Previous posts on this HEREHERE and HERE

Friday, 20 October 2017

A nice bit of Mothing

An interesting week on the moth front with a few migrants in the aftermath of Ophelia and some new moths for the farmlands.

Here's a few highlights: 
 Grey Shoulder Knot-  a first for the Farmlands 
 Vestal- Up to 2 recorded most nights this week 
 Brown Ash Ermel Zeneria herpariella (if confirmed a first for the farmlands) 
 Dewick's Plusia- we do have a well known small resident population but this individual was very active and unsettled suggesting the possibility of a  migrant
 Feathered Thorn 
 Beautiful Plume 
Also an influx of these yellowish Lacewings- a different species to the usual Green Lacewings (on left)? 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017