Monday, April 24, 2006

A slight increase in...

A slight increase in the numbers of moths coming to the roof-top moth trap over night with 6 species recorded including a silver y, the first migrant of the year to come to the trap. Also of interest was a rather sparrow-pecked pine beauty which I saved in time before it became sparrow breakfast. Other species caught were 7 common quaker, 6 early grey, a clouded drab and a hebrew character.

pine beauty
Pine beauty.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Still very few moths...

Still very few moths coming to my roof-top moth trap in West Hill Road with only 2 hebrew character and 2 early grey trapped overnight. Early grey was a new species for the year.

early grey
Early grey.

Friday, April 21, 2006

At last some spring migration...

At last some spring migration was visible from here. In 1 and a half hours 360 common scoter, 170 common tern, 60 black-headed gull, 24 sandwich tern, 7 red-breasted merganser, 6 eider, 6 fulmar, 5 grey plover, 4 brent geese, 4 shoveler, 3 shelduck, 3 dunlin, a black tern, an arctic skua and 2 egret sp. were recorded flying east early morning. Coming in off the sea were 2 house martin, 2 swallow, 4 linnet, and a goldfinch.

On the sea there were 3 cormorant, a mute swan and a black-throated diver.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Still very few moths...

Still very few moths coming to the roof-top moth trap with only a handful of hebrew character and common quaker. The highlight though was an early nut-tree tussock.

nut tree tussock
Nut-tree tussock.