Saturday, April 07, 2007


Ran the moth trap all night last night, out of hope more than expectancy with a light but cool breeze and temps not much above 6 degrees... however there were a few in the box this morning including some new for the year.
MYL 11: Early Thorn 2,
Small Quaker 5,
Common Quaker 5,
Clouded Drab 4,
Hebrew Character 4,
March Moth 2,
Early Grey 1,
MYL 12: Shoulder Stripe 1,
MYL 13 :Twin-spotted Quaker 1,
Early Thorn

Shoulder Stripe

Clouded Drab
Twin-spotted Quaker

Walk up the track first thing produced the first Swallow of the year (hooray!) and in the same hedgerow as last spring a Little Owl was still feeding, dropping down on to the field edge and hopping about. Today was the first attempt of the spring to do some dedicated Garden Watching and a frustrating day ensued as the wind refused to move out of north, obviously putting pay to any marked migration. The few highlights were up to 5 'local' Common Buzzard with a possible migrant moving along the ridge (though with the lack of anything else moving, notably Marsh Harrier, this too was more likely to be local), 4 Kestrel, 10 Sparrowhawk and a Cormorant! Also had a play with the camera in the garden
Collared Dove (the most digi-scoped species in the country?!)
PYL 74 Swallow
PYL 75 Little Owl

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