Sunday, 2 April 2017

Moth report, Little Hadham Parish Jan - March

A first quarter report of moths within the parish in Little Hadham. At home, I run a 125MV Skinner trap every night I am home. Within the first quarter I missed 12 nights due to holiday at the end of Feb-beginning of March. Consequently, run all night on 78 occasions.
Away from home I use a 15W heath trap which I have used 32 times in this period in 12 sites, with Millennium Wood being visited the most, on 9 nights.
In total, a record of 393 moths were recorded, made up of 29 macro species and 9 micro species. There have been 2 new for parish records: small brindled beauty on 19.ii.17 from Westland Green and Caloptilia semifascia from Valley Fields on 30.iii.17.

Caloptilia semifascia

Small brindled beauty
 The year began very quietly, with just numbers being supplied by winter moth, most notably on on 07.i.17 when I netted 33 in Millennium Wood. Between 16.i.17 and 31.i.17 I recorded precisely 3 moths, an Early moth on the 20th, winter moth (28th) and another Early moth (30th) In total, January gave up 5 macro species: Mottled umber, winter moth, Chestnut, Satellite and Early moth.
 February didn't really improve things, with just Dotted border (6th) Pale brindled beauty (13th) Spring Usher (16th) March moth (19th) Small brindled beauty (19th) and dark chestnut (20th) along with the first micros of the year: Agonopterix heracliana (6th) Tortricodes alternella (14th) Acleris ferrugana (15th) Acleris cristana (17th) and Emmelina monodactyla (20th) February concluded, for me on the 21st as off to Sri Lanka and by this time the running total was 141 moths made up of 11 macros and 5 micros.
Returning on the 7th March and back to trapping, immediately scoring with species I probably have taken earlier had I been running the traps: Macro species were:
Common quaker (8th) Shoulder stripe (8th) Oak Beauty (8th) Hebrew character (8th) Clouded drab (9th) Double striped pug (10th) Engrailed (10th) Small quaker (16th) Early thorn (19th) Early grey (19th) Streamer (24th) Brindled pug (24th) Twin spotted quaker (24th) Water carpet (29th) Lunar marbled brown (30th) Purple thorn (30th) V pug (30th) and nut tree tussock (31st)
V pug

Lunar marbled brown

Water carpet

Micros during March were: Diurnea fagella (10th) Caloptilia semifascia (30th) Eriocrania subpurpurella (30th) and Acleris literana (31st)


As can be noted, the warmer last week of March provided a few better moths, showing that they are probably always there, just need temperatures in excess of 12C to get them to fly to the trap.
Notables on this list, apart from the 2 new for parish records were my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Water carpet, 2nd Lunar marbled brown and 2nd Acleris literana.
All in all, a pleasing first quarter that compares favourably to 2016 where I took 276 moths of 20 macros and 7 micros.
Oak beauty
Spring Usher

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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