Long-term readers of this blog will probably have noticed a lack of moth-related posts so far this year. Is that a good or a bad thing? Well for me a bad thing, but I'm sure some of you are pleased about it!
Throughout the spring I kept reading on Twitter about disappointing number of moths across the UK, so just didn't bother. Recently though I've been seeing plenty of moth photos about, that coupled with promising looking conditions (little wind, plenty of cloud cover and night-time temps in double figures) on Sunday night had me digging out my Robinsons at Mum and Dads. Really pleased I did too!
On Monday morning I had 72 moths of 27 species. Heart and Dart was the most numerous species (12) and a Silver Y the only immigrant. Some of the rest looked like this...
|Puss Moth - only the second I've ever caught in the garden, a big and stunning moth.|
|Peach Blossom - I always go 'wow' when I see one!|
|Buff-tip - not doing a very good job of blending in though!|
|Treble Lines, the usual 'classic' form on the left and a example of the obscura form on the right|
Whilst I was up Mum and Dads, I put a net up in the front garden too. Two more Bullfinches ringed made it 43 trapped and ringed here now, although this was only the second time I've netted here in the 12 months. I only ringed one Bullfinch here in 2013, ten in 2012 and an amazing 30 in 2011! The best bird ringed though was this beautiful just fledged Coal Tit....
|Such lose juvenile body feathers - I love a nice fresh '3J'!|
Must just mention that I learnt more about Bee-eater sightings after my last post. James M had the one past Charmouth at 09:20, but a message came out the next morning that four flew past here almost at the same time. The bird James saw looked to be on its own, so the four must have taken a different route or gone through just before he got there - so it looks like it was a four and a single that joined up here on patch. There's currently five lurking in Hampshire somewhere, so possibly after they flew off on Sunday afternoon, they dropped down into the valley and then followed it inland before turning back east?
If whoever saw the four over Charmouth reads this, olease drop us a email or comment as it would be good to learn more....