Friday 5 July 2013

Moths to the fore

THURSDAY 4th July & Friday 5th July
An overnight actinic at Middleton NR confirmed Justine's findings about a week ago, confirming this site as a national 'hotspot' for seriously declining Double Dart - it was again the commonest moth with 5.  Others included Small Clouded Brindle and the first Drinker of the year

The 'enforced' use of a small purple light in the office toilet trap (no two pin 160s left (has anyone got one or two?) and screw threads have been deemed unsafe) produced a moderately reasonable species list but again no numbers.  Highlighted by single Double Dart, Golden Rod and Wormwood Pugs and a late worn Dog's Tooth.  The first Rustic and Small Fan-footed Waves of the year appeared

Ringing saw a steady stream of Blue/Great Tits and Green/Gold/Chaffinches at the feeder