Friday, 15 July 2016

Another busy moth night.

Ruby tiger
Planned on another late one last night and consequently set up trap and sheet on the green at Westland Green. Good grassland habitat surrounded by bramble, oak and hawthorn.
Before setting up, however, I stopped off in Chapel Lane where the previous night, en route to set the heath trap, I had driven past a barn owl on a post, 2 juvenile little owls on posts and hay bales, being fed by an adult. I arrived and found a place to stand, reasonably well concealed. Photos and report later.
Once at Westland Green I set the kit up and began netting micros. First in were Eucosma cana, Celypha lacunana, Plutella xylostella and Eudonia lacustrata. By 9.30 a few smaller macros were on the wing, mainly around bramle flowers. These were netted and identified as small fan footed wave (1st new for year of the night) single dotted wave and treble brown spot. Later, a dwarf cream wave was also taken.
It appeared that few were actually coming to the trap and the temperature was not behaving as per weather forecast. It dropped to a chilly 11C and I could see my breath. Dew was beginning to settle and my shoes and trousers were quickly soaked in the waist high grass.
I continued to net and pot, releasing batches some 200 yards away so not as to recatch. A ruby tiger was taken and added to the year list, before an Agapeta zoegana, Acleris forsskaleana and a mint condition yellowtail made the year list.
By 12.00 I had a good list, took half an hour to pot and pack up before returning home to identify and list. A record for the Heath Trap, with 107 moths of about 47 species. Await confirmation on several Cnepahsia, a possible Oidaematophorous lithodactyla (Dusky plume) and a Coleophora species that may well be a new for parish records Coleophora paripennella. Also, 1 micro needs to be identified, I can't get a good match.
Agapeta zoegana

Acleris forsskaleana
Having finished with the Westalnd Green specimens I spent a few minutes noting what was on the garden trap before bed and back to the trap at 5a.m. A very quiet night, with just an immaculate oak eggar being of note.
oak eggar
With these additons, moth totals have now reached the following:
Macros for year: 169
Micros for year: 135
An Agapeta hamana was the 300th moth species for 2016 out of a total of 2480 moths already identified and recorded this year.

Westland Green: 14.07.16. 15w Heath trap running 9.00 - 12.00

Macros:

  • 3 small fan footed wave (NFY)
  • 2 Treble brown spot
  • 2 Single dotted wave
  • Ruby tiger (NFY)
  • Dark arches
  • 27 Common wainscot
  • 8 Shaded broad bar
  • Snout
  • Green pug
  • Brimstone
  • Dwarf cream wave
  • Common wave
  • Yellowtail (NFY)
  • 2 Uncertain
  • 3 Common footman
  • Engrailed
  • 4 July highflier
  • Clay
  • Willow beauty
Micros.
  • 4 Eucosma cana
  • 3 Celypha lacunana
  • 3 Plutella xylostella
  • Clepsis consimilana
  • 3 Eudonia lacustrata
  • 4 Scoparia subfusca
  • Scoparia ambigualis
  • Agapeta zoegana (NFY)
  • 3 Carcina quercana
  • Agriphila geniculea
  • Acleris forsskaleana (NFY)
  • Agapeta hamana
  • Anania hortulata
  • Blastobasis lacticolella
  • Ditula angustiorana
  • 2 Hedya nubiferana
  • 2 Eucosma hohenwartiana
  • Coleophora sp
  • 2 Epinotia tenerana (NFY)
  • Lathronympha strigana
  • 4 Cnepahsia sp
  • Oidaemtophorous lithodactyla (5th record for Herts) (NFM)
Amazingly, no micros in the garden trap and a very mundane list:

Skinner 125W trap running all night
  • 1 Riband wave
  • 2 Common footman
  • Least carpet
  • 2 Chinese character
  • 3 buff ermine
  • Common rustic
  • Common wainscot
  • 2 Treble brown spot
  • Oak eggar (NFY)
  • large yellow underwing
  • 2 Uncertain.
Treble brown spot

Chinese character

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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