Monday, 10 July 2017

Year Listers, New for Parish records and generally, big numbers of moths

Been a busy time down at the moth trap, no more so than on Friday 7th July, when we ran a set of 15W, 50W, 125W and a 160w traps. Details later in this post.
The Heath trap ran on footpaths that cross Ash Valley GC. Shaded broad bars were in good numbers, a year lister, as were Agriphila geniculea and Acentria ephemerella. To the garden 125W skinner that night, a marvellous female oak eggar and a yellowtail. Latter being my 200th macro of the year.
The following night, I left the Heath at Westland Green where I got a good haul of 100+ moths including NFY: Black arches, cochylis hybridella, Spilonota ocellana. However, a strange looking micro I couldn't place not find in Sterling turned out to be, after gen det, a new for parish record of Psoricoptera gibbosella.
Oak eggar

Handful of larger moths

At home, a bordered beauty made the year list. The following night, 5th I just trapped at home, recording Acleris variegana, Pandemis heparana, Galleria mellonella, Acrobasis advenella, Dagger sp (sent for gen det) and a Large emerald.
Another home night on the 6th gave up two more new for parish records in the shape of the easily identifiable Stathmopoda pedella and the tricky micro Eulamprotes atrella. Both pleasing records.


Acleris variegana

Stathmopoda pedella

The always impressive Buff tip
Friday found Graeme, Steve and I setting up the 4 aforementioned traps in Millennium Wood for a community moth night. Several families arrived to see what was being attracted to the traps. By midnight we began emptying and listing. I eventually took a load of pots home to id, such was the number. With 12 moths still outstanding, awaiting gen det later in the year when it is quieter, we took a minimum of 313 moths, of approximately 104 species.
Year listers a plenty:
Gysonoma dealbana
Argyresthia pruniella
Prays fraxinella
Helcystogramma rufescens
Agonopterix alstromeriana
Monochroa palustrellus
Phycita roborella
Magpie
Buff arches
Silver Y
Lesser Broad bordered yellow underwing
Lunar spotted pinion
Dark umber
Even better were the new for parish records:
Scarce silver lines
Epinotia signatana
Slender brindle
Marbled white spot
Caloptilia cucupennella


Phoenix

Galleria mellonella

Ruby Tiger

Scarce silver lines

Pterophorus pentadactyla

A Hedya nubiferana was my 5000th moth for the year and at home, I added Ruby tiger, Common rustic  agg Acrobasis advenella. By the early morning I had recorded well over 450 moths for the parish records. A superb night.

Saturday with just the home trap gave up just Teleoides vulgella as new for year, whilst last night (9th) I added Blastobasis adustella, Catoptria falsella and Argyresthia bonnetella to the year list from Valley Fields. At home, a catch of 133 moths of 61 species offered new year records of Acleris laterana, Mompha epilobiella and Ypsolopha scabrella.

All this activity has increased the moth numbers for the year to an impressive 5521 moths listed made up of 216 macros and 162 micros. Normally by mid August the micro count overtakes the macros but this year it looks like being considerably earlier
Buff arches

Agonopterix heracliana

Prays fraxinella

Pterophorus pentadactyla ready for take off

Painted Lady, 1st of the year in the garden this afternoon. Always super to see.



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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