Christon Plantation: Around 75 species recorded in 1.75 hrs with a single 125W MV bulb suspended over a sheet. Highlights were Slender Brindle, Antler Moth, Tawny-barred Angle, Tawny Speckled Pug and Rhyacionia pinivorana.
Weston: A Crossbill heard calling briefly outside from office window. Yesterday P.Gregory had a flyover at Worle.
Garden moth trap: Plenty of moths but nothing of great interest although an Oak Eggar was a surprise this morning. The previous 3 nights saw 3 moths causing initial interest before proving to be odd forms of common species, a reflection of the northerly winds of recent days.
Brean Down: On the down this morning 2 Wheatear and a Siskin. A northerly passage of Swallow and Sand Martin. Lepidoptera: Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White, Green-veined White, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Grayling, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Wall Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Dark Green Fritillary. Moths included 6-spot Burnet, Silver Y and Pyrausta cingulata.
River Axe: 6 Common Sandpiper
Garden moth trap: Homoeosoma sinuella NFG. Migrant counts: 1 Dark Sword-grass and 4 Silver Y.
Sand Point: Sea watching this afternoon produced 5 Manx Shearwater and a Gannet down channel an hour and a half after low tide. The birds were drifting down presumbly on their way out after coming in with this mornings tide. Also a Sand Martin west.
Garden moth trap: 3 Silver Y presumably brought down by yesterday evenings rain. A Bordered Straw was recorded in Somerset. NFY's Mother of Pearl, Cloaked Minor
A remote trapping session at Crook Peak on Monday 11th resulted in a very good catch which included this Mere Wainscot, a very rare species in the county. The larvae feed on Wood Small-reed which is present in the area so could be as much a local as wanderer or migrant.
A good selection of moths in the garden trap this morning. Long over due was my first Crescent Dart. A rather moth eaten specimen but an addition to the garden list all the same. Migrant numbers were up with 2 Small Marbled, 1 Udea ferrugalis, 1 Dark Sword-grass and a Silver Y.
A moth caught on 1st July was determined over the weekend as Bilberry Tortrix Aphelia viburnana. According to literature this species has no confirmed records in the Bristol District. Other recent garden highlights include Coleophora glaucicolella, a third Small Ranunculus and Rhyacoliana buoliana
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, happy before being flushed.
River Axe: Some bird news today. This mornings count resulted in 2 Common Sandpiper, 52 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 550 Black-headed Gull, 3 juv Mediterranean Gulls. The female Wigeon still on UV pools amongst the Mallard.
Here are a couple of micro's from the Budapest trip. The semirubella caught me out as I was looking through Crambidae photos when I should have been looking at Pyralidae. The stagnata from Shapwick Heath on 25th May.
Cooler temperatures overnight and time to turn off the moth trap lights for a few days for me. The sparrows must be wondering where all the moths are this morning. A chance now to catch up with the backlog of determinations. Today's Oecophoridae was caught last Friday (1st). A new one for me and number 410 for the garden life list Agonopterix nervosa.
Friday nights catch put the garden list over 400 species. Number 400 was Red-barred Tortrix, not uncommon but a nice looking tort and a lifer also.
Last nights catch equalled any of this years best nights with 3 new macro's for the garden Obscure Wainscot, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Ghost Moth. Other highlights from last night were the third White Colon this year for the garden, Small Mottled Willow, Haworth's Pug, another Coleophora deauratella and Zeiraphera isertana.