Friday, 15 August 2014

Double header for moths

Last night 3 of us ran 2 Actinic traps in local woods, as well as having the 125 Skinner on in the garden. The latter was a wash out, primarily because it poured with rain as from first light, thereby disturbing the moths but more importantly, we had a series of powercuts earlier, so most moths would have left during the night. Consequently, only 7 moths of 6 species. However, 2 were new for year so that cheered me up, albeit only flounced rustic and vine's rustic. The rest were 2 square spot rustics, Agriphila straminella, Agriphila geniculea and double striped pug.
We set up the 2 actinics in Millennium Wood a mile or so east of my house. A wood planted with 2000 native trees for the millennium. This means most of the trees here are young and still fighting for space. There are a few established much older trees, mainly oak but also a huge ash in the middle of the wood. Recently, it has been very overgrown, to the extent that it was virtually i accessible with 6 foot nettles and thistles blocking all entrances. I spent Wednesday cutting all this back as we are planning on another moth night tomorrow where we hope a few local residents will come along. On Saturday at least one 125MV trap, 4 actinics and headtorches, nets etc.

Final count for Millennium Wood last night.
2 x 15w Act. 79 of 22 confirmed. GJS, JF + SE.

Total does not including 3 specs (fem lsr/cmn rustic, parnornix sp and suspected argyresthia semitestacella all for dissection)

0015 Orange Swift (Hepialus sylvina) 1
0228 Monopis weaverella 1
0648 White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella) 1
0969 Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis corylana) 1
1042 Rhomboid Tortrix (Acleris rhombana) 1
1138 Epinotia nisella 2
1303 Agriphila selasella 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 25
1305 Agriphila tristella 13
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) 7
1722 Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata) 1
1682 Blood-vein (Timandra comae) 2
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 2
1776 Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) 1
1956 Common Wave (Cabera exanthemata) 2
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe) 8
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 1
2306 Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) 2
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 3
2369 Bulrush Wainscot (Nonagria typhae) 2
2343 Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis) 1

Flounced rustic from home trap. Micro 180 for the year.

final check before packing up

southern hawker found roosting on an oak.

Close up to show the variability of the "golf tee" diagnosis for southern and migrant hawkers.
Bulrush wainscot

Acleris rhomabana

In Millennium Wood all was rather quiet (and wet!) so not too much was discovered. We placed one trap in open ground surrounded by long grass and a selection of native trees. Mainly Lesser broad bordered yellow underwings and a variety of crambids. Plenty of tristellas and straminellas but 1 was a neat Agriphila selasella. Photo to follow. On walkabouts green carpet, angle shades, flame carpet and blood vein were netted along with Pleuropyta ruralis in reasonable numbers.
The 2nd trap was placed in a muddy, what used to be pond. Now not holding water but good sedge and bulrush. Sure enough, 2 bulrush wainscots (males) were taken, but again, not too much else of note.
Little owls called constantly and a female badger was noted as well as this southern hawker, found roosting on an oak.
An Agriphila tristella and Agriphila selasella shown here for comparison.
Ag tristella, note bend in longitudinal streak breaking into obvious "antlers"

Ag selasella. Check straight line longitudinal streak and "antlers" right at the termen
Photos prepared by Graeme Smith, Many thanks. GJS.


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This is me

This is me
At the end of another Norfolk Coastal footpath walk. 47 miles, 3 days 99 species of bird

Caley Wood view

Caley Wood view
sunshine through the canopy 29.05.08

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007
Best birds on this walk: black and middle spotted woodpecker and short toed treecreeper

About Me

My photo
A primary school teacher for 30 years, I retired from teaching in July 2009 to set up my own science enhancement and communication company. The Primary Works offers science clubs, workshops and staged science shows nationwide. I have always been interested in bird watching since my early years. Apparently my first tick was after inquiring about a chaffinch and then receiving the Observer book of birds. By the age of 9 I had moved on to Tory Peterson's collins guide and was now involved on YOC birding holidays to Northumbria, Essex coast, Slimbridge and Yorkshire. My twitching rule is that I will willingly travel 1km for each gram the bird weighs. However, I have had many rarities just by being in the right place. I have travelled widely throughout Europe and also visited Australia and Sri Lanka. Further European destinations are planned and a bigger trip to The Crimea was planned for 2014 but now not possible. so 2014: Sri Lanka in January, Poland in April, Madeira in June and The Camargue in July. So far 2015 has been Sri Lanka in Jan, Poland in Feb, Sri Lanka in April and The Camargue coming up in 1st week of September.

Grey heron

Grey heron
Over the allotment 28.09.08

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
Ridge footpath 27.08.08

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)
Note the stripes, denoting a bird fledged this year.

common blue

common blue
Ash Valley G.C. 15.08.08

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)
River Ash

azure damselfly

azure damselfly
River Ash 28.07.08

marbled white

marbled white
Discovered at Westland Green 22.07.08

ruddy darter

ruddy darter
Bush Wood 21.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08
growing in hedgerow in Chapel Lane

cinnabar moth caterpillar

cinnabar moth caterpillar
Photographed on ragwort 19.07.08

Bittersweet

Bittersweet
Study of petals 11.06.08

male yellowhammer

male yellowhammer
08.06.08

common blue butterfly

common blue butterfly
06.06.08

River Ash

River Ash
looking south from the bridge at Hadham Ford

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)
in rape field 29.05.08

Caley Wood sunshine

Caley Wood sunshine
29.05.08

Millenium Wood fox

Millenium Wood fox
24.05.08

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)
06.05.08 banks of the River Ash

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)
flowers, leaves and fruit edible . Good in salad and pesto

April showers

April showers
Double rainbow 30.04.08

Caley Wood bluebells

Caley Wood bluebells
22.04.08

Yellow Archangel

Yellow Archangel
Chapel Lane (20.04.08)

sunlight 16.04.08

sunlight 16.04.08
looking south west from Bush Wood

snowy buds

snowy buds
06.04.08 in Bush Wood

Looking north west

Looking north west
05.04.08 evening shower approaching

Back Garden

Back Garden
Easter Sunday (23.03.08)

Brick Kiln Hill

Brick Kiln Hill
Looking east (23.03.08)

No play today

No play today
The 2nd hole at Ash Valley golf course

Teasel head

Teasel head
Bush Wood (21.03.08)

Reflections

Reflections
daffodils at Bush Wood pond (21.03.08)

Swollen River Ash

Swollen River Ash
The river at the bottom of Winding Hill 16.03.08

Daybreak over the chapel

Daybreak over the chapel
Thursday 13th March

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)
growing in Bush Wood

January snowdrops

January snowdrops
Banks of River Ash, north of Much Hadham

Good Moon

Good Moon
From garden 24.01.08

Village Green

Village Green
Looking east towards Acremore Street

Looking south before Hadham Ford

Looking south before Hadham Ford
rare January blue sky

Useful sites

The following are some useful websites that may interest readers of this blog.
Firstly, Bishop's Stortford Natural History Society http://bsnhs.webplus.net/

Fellow birder, Gary Whelan's blog. Gives reports from our trips out together plus reports from his trips abroad. http://hairybirders.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.hertsbirdclub.org.uk/ The official herts bird club website. Frequently updated, listing bird sightings around the county. Offers links to many other websites. Both of these sites also offer links to yahoo discussion groups.
http://www.birdforum.net/ An international site. You can enter as a guest but become a member( free) to post comments, bird sightings and just about anything to do with wild birds. Good news updates, classified section for binoculars, cameras etc.
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com/ A new site set up where you can contact people worldwide who will help you find good birds in their country. UK section being set up presently.
http://www.britainsbirder.co.uk/
Fellow birders blog. Strtford resident, Graeme Smith regulary birds the area south of Stortford as well as around Spellbrook and the River Stort from Spellbrook to Twyford Locks. Some superb bird photography: Graeme uses a digital camera attached to his powerful telescope to get detailled images of the birds he sees. Well worth a browse.
Two local sites that may be of interest can be found at
http://www.thehadhams.com/ www.thepelhams.net/content/section/12/139/

South Easterly walk

South Easterly walk
black, normal, red extended walk

South Westerly route.

South Westerly route.
Black usual, red extended

North Easterly walk

North Easterly walk
black short, walk. Red, extended

North West Patch

North West Patch
black route regular. Red route the extended wander