Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bit of Mothing

Along with Rob and Nigel, I took a trip out to Buxto Heath last night for a spot of mothing. Unfortunately the generator packed up at prior to the midnight hour so we had to come to a premature halt to the proceedings. We did manage a handful of species prior to this though which included some new ones for me.
Brown Silver-line 4
Bright-line Brown-eye 1
Elephant HM 1
Double-striped Pug 1
True Lovers Knot 6
Scarce Footman 1
Broom Moth 1
Striped Wainscot 4
Four-dotted Footman 1

Another new sighting for me was my first ever Glow worm-Magic!

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Felbrigg mid week

Four-dotted Footman

True Lovers Knot

Striped Wainscot

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Some raptors, at last!

A lunch time walk up the track today proved very fruitful, compared with the rest of the spring. With the wind swinging from south through to NW, I wondered if that had any bearing on the 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Common Buzzard and single Hobby all moving west? As usual I was left contemplating on how, all over the rest of the country Honey Buzzards are seen with increasing regularity, but here I have yet to have a single spring record? I have a suspicion that they may not be quite so widespread, a view which was further enhanced by a photo on a well known birding website which clearly shows a Common Buzzard but has been posted as a Honey!