No moths to report, but I have put the trap out tonight. This afternoon I paid a visit to my local (Bossenden) wood for a bit of photography. It seemed that only 5 species were attracted to the baited tree: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit & Nuthatch. I took a lot of pictures but very few were any good at all.
I haven't ventured out much lately. Just over a week ago I did visit Bossenden Wood at Dunkirk just before the snow started and did manage to find a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker quite close to the road. There was also a Nuthatch and a few other common species. This afternoon I did finally get down to Denge Wood where there were 5-7 Hawfinches (5 in a tree together at one point) around 14.00 to 15.10. Also there were a few Siskins and a Mistle Trush. No moths to report.
As it was Winter Moth Survey night on Friday I put the trap out but with no expectations of catching anything. However, despite an overnight low of zero centigrade, there was 1 Chestnut in the trap this morning, the first moth of 2013. Here's picture of the last one of 2012.
Still waiting for the 1st Moth of the year. However, made a trip to Dunge today. Highlights were large numbers of Razorbills offshore, Red-throated Divers, Black Redstart, 3 Firecrests, Chiffchaff, 4 Great White Egrets, Glaucous Gull by the fishing boats and later on the reserve and 5 Smew (1 drake). I made an attempt to photograph a Firecrest. The image below is about the best I could do.
Well it's a new year so time to summarise 2012 Moth Trap records. I recorded a total of 257 species in the garden which was 26 less than in 2011. However, there were 97 micros which was 1 more than in 2011 and 160 macros, 27 less than the previous year. There were 5 new macros and 17 new micros for the garden list. The new macros were: The Festoon, Hoary Footman, Birdwing, Dingy Shears & Red Underwing. However, I was also particularly pleased with my 2nd record of Ruddy Carpet, which, unlike the 1st one, I managed to photograph. This winter the main ornithological event has been the arrival of large numbers if Waxwings all over the UK. Here's a picture from the Whitstable Tesco yesterday.