Friday, 22 June 2012

Spectacularly unsuitable conditions for a moth event

Heysham Obs
.........but last night in the context of this summer was pretty good with a nice calm cloudy spell, albeit with a shortage of millibars (pressure about 995?).  Therefore National Moth "Night" was retrieved........ including a moorland trap successfully set near Cross of Greet!  Single Small Elephant Hawk-moths in two of the traps were nice as was a latish Light Knot Grass and five Clouded Magpie.  I don't think there will be much happening tonight or Saturday night.  A shame.

At Heysham, the usual suspects were accompanied by Agapeta zoegana and Double Dart, the latter usually pretty regular here, but this isnt a 'regular' summer

Bird-wise, an attempt at seawatching was interrupted by zero visibility and the following were seen in about an hour
1 Manx Shearwater
1 Fulmar
1 Common Tern - I think only the second of the year!