Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Another marathon mothing session

Yesterday, I set the trap on wasteland near Westland Green, an old disused farmyard which holds horse chestnut, elder, sycamore and plenty of nettles and thistles. I left the 15W Heath trap running whilst I returned home to grab some late supper before heading out.
Firstly I went to Millennium Wood for a quick wander through the wood, netting with a head torch as I went. Plenty of Pleuropyta ruralis coming up from nettles, but not too much of note so I returned to the trap at 11p.m. The plan was then to move on to the adjacent golf course to do more netting, but so much was coming to the trap that I began potting those roosting on the sheet.
Clearly some moths that were  new for year and several that I was fairly sure I hadn't recorded before, so I stayed and potted until all the pots were in use.
Argyresthia goedartella: new for the year.

I then listed those I knew and put the rest to one side. Off on to the golf course some 200metres away and not in sight of the trap, where I released those I knew. I carried on with this process until midnight, whereupon I emptied the trap and, again, potted those I was not sure of. This was, in total, around 40 moths which I then took down to the shed and began identifying.
Coleophora and Cnephasia were labelled as such and are ready to be dissected to ascertain specific species. One or two I was not 100% on, so these too will be passed on for confirmation.
Once this process was completed I began to pot all those roosting on the fence and perspex of the garden Skinner trap. These were duly identified and released several hundred yards along the village lane. I carried on doing this until 3.30 when I was flagging, so off to bed.
Ypsolopha scabrella: new for the year.

Not wanting to lose those in the trap, I returned at 5.15a.m and emptied those inside and set about going through the new pile of pots, completing the process at around 8.30. Time for a coffee before beginning recording them on the laptop and in my record book, the official record format. Several new moths were photogrpahed and the whole process was over by 12.15, just in time to pen this report.
Hypsopygia costalis

A really good night's mothing in hot, balmy conditions where the temp never dropped below 22C all night. Although there was a bright full moon, the number of moths in the lanes coming to the car headlights as I drove home was staggering.
In total: 301 moths form the 3 sites were identified and recorded.
Millennium Wood: 27 of 16 species
Alder Wood: 118 of 48+ species
Garden: 156 of 70 species.
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla minus a couple of legs

The List: 
Little Hadham Parish moths
19.07.16
Trapped between 9.15pm and 12.30am
Traps: Heath 15W actinic, 125W Skinner as well as headtorch and net.

Millennium Wood: Micros
  • Anania perlucidalis
  • Notocelia uddmanniana
  • 4 Pleuropyta ruralis
  • Eucosma obumbratana
Millennium Wood: macros
  • 5 snout
  • 3 July highflier
  • clouded border
  • Light emerald
  • Dingy footman
  • Common emerald
  • 2 Shaded broad bar
  • Riband wave
  • Drinker
  • Rufous minor
  • Small fan foot wave
  • 2 Green pug
New for parish records: Mullein wave

Alder Wood: disused yard with Heath 15W Actinic: Micros

  • 25 Agriphila straminella
  • Scoparia ambigualis
  • Eudonia mercurella
  • 2 Endotricha flammealis
  • Notocelia uddmanniana
  • Celypha striana
  • 3 Crassa unitella
  • 13 Eucosma cana
  • 2 Agapeta hamana
  • 4 Aethes rubigana (NFY)
  • Apotomis sp TBC
  • 3 Eudonia lacustrata
  • Eucosma hohenwartiana
  • 2 Limnaecia phragmitella
  • Scoparia subfusca
  • Bryotropha senectella
  • Brachmia blandella
  • Hypsopygia costalis
  • Argyresthia goedartella
  • Syncopacma sp TBC
  • Epiblema foenella (NFY)
  • Celypha lacunana
  • Hedya nubiferana
  • Lobesia abscisana (NFM)
  • Bryotropha tellerella (NFY)
  • Gypsonoma dealbana
  • 3 Coleophora sp
  • 7 Cnephasia sp
Alder Wood: disused farmyard with Heath 15W: Macros
  • 2 Riband wave
  • 4 dingy footman
  • Silver Y
  • 2 V pug
  • Yellowshell
  • 5 Green pug
  • Drinker
  • 4 Least carpet
  • 2 July highflier
  • Ruby tiger
  • Marbled minor
  • Dark arches
  • Swallow tailed moth
  • Small scallop (NFY)
  • Double square spot
  • 2 Small fan footed wave
  • Small dotted buff (NFM)
  • Mottled beauty
  • Mullein wave (NFM)
  • Engrailed
New for parish records: Small dotted buff

Garden with Skinner 125W trap: micros
  • 13 Yponomeuta evonymella
  • 3 Eucosma cana
  • Eucosma obumbratana
  • 3 Pleuropyta ruralis
  • Yponomeuta cagnagella
  • 3 Pandemis cerasana
  • 5 Cydia pomonella
  • 4 Agapeta hamana
  • 4 Archips podana
  • 3 Agriphila straminella
  • 3Eudonia mercurella
  • Ypsolopha scabella (NFY)
  • Celypha lacunana
  • 2 Clepsis consimilana
  • 2 Hedya nubiferana
  • Crassa unitella
  • 3 Carcina quercana
  • 2 Scoparia subfusca
  • 4 Emmelina monodactyla
  • Acleris forsskaleana
  • Aphomia sociella
  • Pandemis heparana
  • 4 Anania hortulata
  • Ephestia colorella ssp woodiella
  • 3 Acleris holmiana
  • Endotricha flammealis
  • Udea prunalis
  • Agriphila geniculea
  • Bryotropha senectella
  • Acleris laterana (TBC and NFY)
  • Pyrausta aurata (NFY)
  • Blastobasis adustella
  • Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (nfy)
  • Brachmia blandella  
  • Spilonota laricana (NFM)
  • Teleoides vulgella
  • Notocelia rosaecolana (NFM)
  • 2 Celypha striana
  • Paraswammerdamia nebulella
  • Cnephasia ssp (TBC)
  • Coleophora ssp (TBC)
new for the year: Limnaecia phragmitella

Garden Skinner 125W: Macros

  • 11 Riband wave
  • Old Lady (NFY)
  • Engrailed
  • 2 Poplar hawkmoth
  • Double striped pug
  • Beautiful hooktip
  • 12 Dingy footman
  • Buff ermine
  • 2 Yellow shell
  • Yellowtail
  • Snout
  • Dwarf cream wave
  • 3 Green pug
  • 2 Willow beauty
  • 2 Common rustic
  • Brimstone
  • 2 Chinese character
  • Fan foot
  • 4 July highflier
  • Uncertain
  • common wainscot
  • Light emerald
  • 2 Least carpet
  • Scarce footman
  • Dark arches
  • Treble brown spot
  • smoky wainscot
  • 2 Single dotted wave

New for the year records: Epiblema foenella

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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