Sunday, 16 December 2012
At last some moths. The milder weather tempted me to put the trap out on Friday night only to notice that the wind had blown the vanes over a couple of hours later. I put it away and tried again last night. There were some heavy showers but this morning there was a Chestnut and a December Moth in the trap. The latter was only my 4th record and the first for 2 years.
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Still no moths to report. However, I had a birding trip to Dunge today. En route I noticed about 30 Waxwings in the top of a tree at Johnson's Corner near Ham Street. At Dunge we managed at the 2nd attempt to see the Black-throated Diver on the New Diggings, where there was also one of the Great White Egrets. On Burrowes there was a drake Smew, my first Smew of this winter, a female Goosander and 4 Ruddy Ducks, both year ticks for me. There was also a very tame Fox feeding under the bird feeders on the reserve. After lunch we headed over to Walland Marsh where we saw aournd 40 Bewick's Swans, the adult male Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, and Fieldfares everywhere.
Sunday, 2 December 2012
A fine morning and with reports of Waxwings arriving in Kent in reasonable numbers, I thought I might have a look for some reported near Yorkletts, the closest to where I live. After a couple of laps of the area I found the flock of about 40 birds. They were flighty but returned to the road behind Young's Lorry Park late morning. There were also good numbers of Fieldfares & Redwings in the general area.
Friday, 30 November 2012
Still no moths. Another visit to Dungenes in fine weather today made a change. However, we struggled to find much new. We saw 3 Great White Egrets and the Glaucous Gull on the reserve. There were good numbers of Tree Sparrows around the ARC car park and Boulderwall Farm. In the afternoon we tried for the Slavonian Grebe at Scotney and the Bewick's Swans on Walland Marsh but failed with both. On the way home I took a wrong turning while trying to get back to Lydd and stumbled across 3 birders who were looking at the male Hen Harrier on the ground. It was fairly distant but soon flew giving a good view in the late afternoon sunshine
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
I've been having some computer problems so a late post from last week. No moths to report but spent Friday at Dunge. In addition to Great White Egret and Water Rail on the reserve, we saw both Red-throated and Black-throated Divers at the patch. The highlight, however, was the female Scaup at Scotney which was a year tick for me.
Feral Barnacle & Snow Geese at Scotney
Friday, 16 November 2012
Nothing in the moth trap lately. Yesterday lunchtime I went down to Hampton Pier, Herne Bay where there were 3 Purple Sandpipers with the Redshanks at the small high tide roost. The sun came out and I did get some pictures of them. Today I went to Dungeness where a very dull, foggy & chilly scene didn't bode well. However, we did pretty well in the circumstances. After failing with the Pallas's Warbler in the morning we saw 1 Great White Egret on the RSPB Reserve and then flogged around the North Pit at Lade where we found the Long-tailed Duck near the "Listening Ears". After lunch we finally had good but brief views of the Pallas's Warbler in the Old Lighthouse Garden, before ticking off the Glaucous Gull and Yellow-legged Gull on the list for the day. Finally 7 White-fronted Geese flew past the car park at the ARC pit.
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Sunday, 11 November 2012
For the last two days I've had a solitary November Moth (agg.) in the trap. This morning there was 1 there again, However, on the ivy next to the trap was a Mottled Umber covered in frost. This was only my 2nd garden record and the first for 4 years. Once it had thawed out it was still very much alive and it took some time to get to pose properly. Results below:
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Still no moths. Last year I recorded 16 species of moth in November. This year I've had none so far. Yesterday I did pay an afternoon visit to the Oare Marshes Reserve and found a Barn Owl hunting over some paddocks next to the reserve. It was slightly further away than ideal and a bit too much into the sun but the light was good for photography.
Saturday, 3 November 2012
No moths to report. However, I had a day at Dunge yesterday dodging the heavy showers. We were rather more succesful than usual with good views of the Yellow-legged Gull and Glaucous Gull near the Fishing Boats, with 3 Red-throated Divers passed on the sea, a Bittern in flight on the ARC pit, and 3 Great White Egrets around the RSPB Reserve. Nearby, on Walland Marsh, the 2 Whooper Swans were also present. These were the first I've seen in Kent since January 2005!
Monday, 29 October 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Friday, 19 October 2012
Wednesday morning, after a wet & windy night, just 2 Lesser Yellow Underwings, 1 Blair's Shoulder-knot & 1 late Setaceous Hebrew Character. This morning after another very wet but much milder night 4 moths: 1 LTU, 2 Common Marbled Carpets & new for the year 1 Acleris sparsana. This last species brings the micro total for the year to 97 and is my best year ever for micros.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
Only 2 moths yesterday morning after a cold night (2.5c): Turnip + L-Album Wainscot; and just 3 this morning after another cold night (3c): LBAM, Turnip & Common Marbled Carpet. Went down to Seasalter this morning after a pager message indicated the Red-breasted Goose was showing well, and it was.
Red-breasted Goose & Brent Goose
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Friday, 12 October 2012
Yesterday, following a cold night (5c), only 4 moths of 3 species: LBAM, Flounced Rustic & Lunar Underwing x2. This morning after a much milder night (10c) there were 8 moths of 7 species including 3 new macros for the year: Blair's Shoulder-knot, Red-green Carpet & a rather late Lesser Treble-bar. Also LBAM, Lunar Underwing, L-album Wainscot & Lesser Yellow Underwing x2.
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Monday, 8 October 2012
A low of 9c resulted in 10 moths of 7 species this morning. New for the year was the first November Moth of the Autumn. I never seem to get well-marked individuals of this group so put them all down as November Moths agg. Now we've passed the end of September it's again interesting to compare with last year. Micros are doing just as well with 96 species by the end of Sept. this year compared to 95 at the same stage last year. Again it's the Macros that are 13% down with only 149 this year compared to 172 last year. So the November Moth was the 150th Macro of this year.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Not much of interest the last 2 nights. A low of 7c both nights meant 18 moths of 9 species yesterday and 10 moths of 8 species this morning. The 2nd Feathered Ranunculus of the year this morning was the only one of interest. I've not had had a Lunar Underwing yet, which is unusual.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Monday, 17 September 2012
Yesterday morning there were 34 moths of 11 species-nothing new for the year. This morning just 26 moths (13 Large Yellow Underwings) of 10 species. A 3rd Centre-barred Sallow for the year and the 2nd Garden Rose Tortrix were the only ones of interest.
Garden Rose Tortrix
Saturday, 15 September 2012
Friday, 14 September 2012
No Red Underwings this morning but there were 34 moths of 15 species. New for the year were a rather worn Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, my 1st for 3 years, and Garden Rose Tortrix. Also of interest was the 2nd Centre-barred Sallow and 2 Light Emeralds.
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Garden Rose Tortrix
Thursday, 13 September 2012
With rain overnight and a low of 8.5c I wasn't expecting too much this morning and there were 28 moths of 13 species with Large Yellow Underwings and Flounced Rustics accounting for 15 of the 28. However, I was very pleased to get my 1st ever Red Underwing after nearly 13 years of trapping in this garden. I know they're fairly common but not in my garden! I've just got to Photoshop the plastic box out of the picture. The L-Album Wainscot was also new for the year. I then had a good day at Dungeness today with good views of the Pectoral Sandpiper & my 1st ever Great Crested Newt.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Monday, 10 September 2012
Not much to report from yesterday morning: 35 moths (17 Flounced Rustics) of 12 species. Slightly better this morning with 48 moths (18 Flounced Rustics) of 16 species. New for the year was Centre-barred Sallow. Also 2nd Cochylis molliculana of the year.
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Lesser Marsh Grasshopper