Tuesday 17 June 2014

Silky Wainscot

Heysham Obs
A rare sighting in the office trap was a Silky Wainscot - this has been found in small numbers in recent years in Heysham NR wetlands and also Middleton.  Two Garden Tiger from an overnight actinic at Middleton were nice

Amazing moth record just outside area

Heysham Obs
A small moth taken in a light trap literally yards to the north of our northern recording boundary has proved to be Waved Carpet - a scarce and threatened species which was never on the radar for this area.  Its close relative, Welsh Wave is very familiar to us fell-edge trappers but even that would be well outside its comfort zone at coastal sites, despite planted rowans

Middleton came up with the goods this evening with 15 Mullein larvae being located by Justine

Birds included:
Med Gull - a single 2CY on the sea off Ocean Edge
Tree Sparrow - one heard by the feeder early am
Greenfinch - 21 caught at the feeder, mainly juvenile males

Moth trap
Bordered Sallow was nice and a few new for the year including Common Emerald and Dark Arches

 Waved Carpet (thanks John)
Mullein larva (thanks Justine)