Friday 24 July 2015

Possibilities and a new moth for Heysham NR trap

Heysham Obs

Middleton model boat pond
A quick visit just before the cloud and northerly wind kicked in saw a large dragonfly seen briefly chased by an Emperor.  Then it was again seen very briefly before being chased by another Emperor and heading high to the south over the model boat pond car park.  If the weather is suitable tomorrow worth checking the pond to the south of the road as a blue band at the top of the abdomen was seen and size 3/4-4/5 Emperor - also clear-winged (not Brown Hawker).  Nothing else, so nothing claimed.

Three male Red-veined Darter were feeding over the water, one rather geriatric one nearly ending up inside a House Martin - also at least 7 red male Common Darter around the edge of the pond

Red Nab
Med Gull - 5 x ad, 1 x 2CY

The first Triple-spotted Clay (with Double square Spot on left) for Heysham NR was a bit of a surprise and two White Satin were notable

Red-veined darters reappear

Heysham Obs
At least 2 male red-veined darters seen on a part-check at Middleton (thanks Jonny) along with ba Painted Lady

Butterfly census at Heysham NR saw 102 Small Skipper and 148 Gatekeeper

Juvenile sedge warbler out of habitat on Heysham NR