Friday 2 August 2013

Moths and Bonaparte's Gull

Heysham Obs
Too many moths at the moment - a 0530 start at various traps and they still 'ate' into work-time, despite the only obvious explanation for a high speed nil return, relatively drained battery and moved egg boxes in the north harbour wall actinic being that someone has already checked it.  Hope the stuff is entered on MapMate!.  The office trap could not be checked until 1100hrs and there were c480 moths of 62 species therein

Feedback from visiting birders and a brief visit to Red Nab:
Mediterranean Gull - 5 juvs, 2 ads, 2 3CY (including the winter resident 2P96) and 3-4 2CY
Bonaparte's Gull - rather elusive by all accounts but on Heysham 2 outfall about lunchtime
Whimbrel - 4

Lots but nothing really special with the rarest by Heysham standards being Purple Thorn and Cabbage Moth!  The first Rosy Rustic and Canary Shouldered Thorn of the year

The office buddleia is producing with an emergence of Peacock today totalling 5, plus Red Admiral, Brimstone