Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Mid week Woes!

The thing that I notice every spring is just how quickly mother nature turns things around, from cold damp and dead, to warm bright and bursting with life! The other thing I also know is that it will not wait for no one, it will just happen, never mind that you have to work all week, guessing what could be about whilst you're not there, it will just happen. So during the week my 'birding window' is an hour first thing and maybe a couple of hours after tea weather permitting. I do own a 'pager' which tells me about birds in the county and further afield, but to be honest during the week I'ld rather nothing flew past Aylmerton during normal working hours and would like it to wait quietly, until the weekend! Damn you civilization!
With the advent of the moth trap though, with this group of animals I've got the upperhand...unless I start working night shifts!
On the bird front its been quiet again and I am still short of some summer migrants that I would have normally seen by now including Willow Warbler, Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Turtle Dove and Swift.
The moth trap had been rested for a couple of nights but was back with a vengence last night with three new ones for me and two new favorites:

Hebrew Character - 7
Common Quaker - 4
Small Quaker - 9
Waved Umber* - 1
Mullein* - 1
Chocolate-Tip* - 1
Grey-Shoulder knot
Clouded Drab - 6
Early Thorn - 1
Chestnut - 1
Larch Pug - 1
Shoulder Stripe - 1
Frosted Green - 1
Satellite - 1

36/303/30 (per night/so far this year/different species of macro moth)


Waved Umber





Mullein. About 35mm long, my new favorite...

... no its not, this one is!



Chocolate-Tip

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Mostlymacro said...

Well done Andy, both Waved Umber & Chocolate Tip are on my wish list. If you get anymore can you release them in a NNW direction.

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