Wednesday, 21 September 2011

September 21st

There were more moths again this morning 274 Lunar Underwings alone, out of a total somewhere around 470 in the traps. The species spread was also pretty good with 36 different species recorded. The highlights were Large Wainscot and Beaded Chestnut both new for the year bringing the total to 338 macro species so far this year. We also recorded Pine Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Garden Carpet, Barred Sallow and Red Green Carpet, to name just a few.
Large Wainscot

Barred Sallow

It was quieter on the bird front as the drizzle became more persistent, 2 WHINCHAT and 2 STONECHAT were still around though, in the clover and by the veg garden, one flock only, of about 10 SWALLOWS flew west. I counted 6 CHIFFCHAFF and 3 BLACKCAP. The MEADOW PIPITS and SKYLARKS were probably making the most noise this morning. After these few little bits the list peters out a bit! Back again tomorrow :-)


Greenie said...

Alan ,
Still doing well with the moths .
Carol found one of your Southern Oak Bush Crickets in the garden today . She was cutting back a shrub , and unfortunately didn't see the female and cut her in half .

Warren Baker said...

Lets hope a few summer birds hang around into October Alan, then there wont be a void whilst we wait for winter stuff :-)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Greenie, that was unfortunate!! We had a maximum of 8 one morning last autumn.

Hi Warren, it would be nice if a few birds hung around to help things along, hopefully the 111th species will turn up