Saturday, 5 December 2015

Annual moth review.Part 1: March - June

With trips away in both January and February, I didn't bother sparking up the Skinner 125MV in the garden until March 2015. For the first few days, nothing, until 8th March, when a common quaker became the first macro of the year.
By the end of the month, 5 micros and 9 macros had been recorded. Not the fastest start and things barely improved in April, when the end of month total gave 5 micros and 13 macros for the year. Again, it must be noted I was travelling in the second to last week of April and no moths were recorded between the 25th and the 2nd May!
Lack of moths forced me into going and seeking them by heading to a local village green to see what ones I could flush, using a net. This was to prove most successful and I started to add new species to my parish records.
A trip to Westland Green on the 12th May gave up 2 new species: Epiblema cirsiana and small yellow underwing, whilst a return trip on the 20th meant I discovered Elasticha argentella and Nematopogon swammerdamella. The following day I returned at midday to discover Glyphipterix simpliciella on just about every buttercup whilst a visit sweeping the long grass on the local golf course, Ash Valley meant I found Dichrorampha plumbgana on the 27th. This is classified as an uncommon resident
Both Westland Green and AVGC were to become regular daytime haunts for me over the following months.
By the  end of May the totals had risen to 25 micros and 47 macros. Things were improving!
June continued to be slow, with a shears being only the 2nd garden record on the 5th. A visit to AVGC on the 6th turned up large numbers of Dichrorampha petrivella, but in amongst them, ones with a slightly different saddle shape: Dichrorampha sequana. This moth needed confirmation as, if it was, then it was a moth declared Herts extinct in 2006, with the last record being 1966. Indeed, confirmation by dissection and a re-found county moth. This one made the local papers and also meant I was granted permission to check the whole golf course, not just the areas either side of the 2 public footpaths, so all good. Further searches over the next few days meant I found more, near their foodplants: yarrow and tansy. A most pleasing find.
On the 28th I trapped my 100th macro for the year, a dwarf cream wave whilst the following day, I added 3 new micros to the parish records with: Coleophora albitarsella, Acrobasis advenella and Notocelia roborana.
By the end of June the totals had reached 77 micro species and 110 macro species. At this point in 2014, I was further ahead on macro numbers but, due to my determination to sort out every micro discovered, was well up on micro numbers.
The night of 29.vi.15 gave up 96 moths of 52 species, a record for the year. It meant by the end of June 884 moths had been recorded.
July will have to be part 2, as huge numbers were trapped, with new moths being taken on most days. See part 2.
Dichrorampha sequana: Herts extinct until this was discovered on Ash Valley Golf Course

Glphipterix simpliciella: Westland Green in huge numbers.
small yellow underwing: Westland Green 12.v.15 and after

Another small yellow underwing at Westland Green


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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

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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