Monday 3 August 2009

Moths And Chips

An excellent catch last night with the Robinson in the back garden. I'm kinda glad I didn't have both traps on the go - otherwise I'd have been sifting through moths all morning! There were 105 moths of 39 species. This total included eight new species for the garden...

Pale Prominent


Small Waved Umber

Tawny-barred Angle

Small Blood-vein

Setaceous Hebrew Character

Small Phoenix

Marbled Green

The rest of the catch included: 13 Large Yellow Underwing, 9 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 8 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 7 Riband Wave, 5 Common Footman, 5 Dingy Footman, 5 Nut-tree Tussock, 4 Red Twin-spot Carpet, 4 Early Thorn, 3 Willow Beauty, 3 Common Carpet, 3 Silver Y, 3 Flame Shoulder, 3 Common/Lesser Rustic, 2 Spectacle, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, 2 Rosy Footman, 2 Ruby Tiger, 2 Dark Arches, and singles of: Smoky Wainscot, Small Fan-footed Wave, V-Pug, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Magpie, Jersey Tiger, Small Rivulet, Burnished Brass, Elephant Hawkmoth (my first for some time), Grey Dagger, Snout and Iron Prominent.

Blackhole Marsh this morning showed the 16 Dunlin and Yellow Wagtail still, and late this afternoon they had been joined by singles of Turnstone, Ringed Plover and Teal. Also this morning, 13 Common Terns flew high south down the river, drifting over Blackhole Marsh before continuing south.

Ringing on Colyford Common this morning was slow, with just a few juv Sedge and Reed Warblers being dumb enough to fly into our very wind-blown nets! It was just too windy.

And to finish off the post, this is what I enjoyed for dinner tonight...

Haddock and Chips from the Four C's - top nosh!


  1. Some beauties there, Steve. In particular the Purple-bar & Small Waved Umber.

  2. Thanks Dean. The Haddock and Chips take some beating though in my opinion! : )