Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Phyllonorycter nicellii leaf mine on Hazel
Very quiet around Weston at the moment. A few waders have been on the move making landfall along the east coasts and filtering through the country but with no suitable freshwater sites on the patch it's going to be grim. Waders counted along the coast included 400 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Sanderling on the Axe and a Bar-tailed Godwit in Sand Bay. Small numbers of Dunlin recorded flying west out of Woodspring Bay and Sand Bay suggesting these birds could well have been overland passage migrants.
A new moth discovered in Weston. This vacated leaf mine of Phyllonorycter nicellii was found in Weston Woods yesterday morning.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Parornix anglicella on Hawthorn a bonus NFG
Weston moths 22nd August: I ran a trap in several locations on 22nd with varied results. Highlights below
Clouded Magpie 2
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella 1
Acleris rhombana 10
Galium Carpet 1
Archer's Dart 50
Tawny-speckled Pug 1
Burnished Brass 1
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
Eucalybites auroguttella a feeder on St John's Wort
Garden moth trap: Udea ferrugalis new for the year and the first migrant for some time. Low pressure has been building in the Bay of Biscay and currently over France where it's due to reach us tonight. With it a warm front will bring rain and perhaps some interesting birds and/or moths. Fingers crossed.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
A fall of hirundines this evening due to the prolonged spell of rain with 100 over Weston including 30 Swift and 100 over Sand Point. The latter site also hosted a Wheatear and a Whimbrel.
Sand Point 14th August: 1 Great Skua (B.Britton)
Weston STW: There are a number of potential new moths for Weston at the sewage works in particular the spread of a number of Wainscots from the Berrow area so I tried for an hour last night whilst the temperatures were still warm enough. A single MV ran bringing in a small flurry for 20 minutes it soon died down. Oak Eggar and Poplar Hawk-moth were nice to see making up the best of a poor catch and then flew in a Scalloped Hook-tip. This moth is common nationally but largely restricted to Somerset locally. There is a report of one at Brean Down in 2000 but the validity of this record is uncertain.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Weston moth list since the beginning of time now online: Weston Moth List I make it 834 species. Too far off to reach 1,000 in my life time or is it?
Sand Bay/Point: 5 Yellow Wagtail, 26 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin and a Turnstone on this mornings high tide.
Worle Hill moths: 3 Annulet, 1 Bordered Pug the highlights.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Vapourer larva on rubus
Coleophora probably either glaucicolella or alticolella
Mothing at Sand Bay yesterday evening in the marsh produced a few Saltmarsh specialities featured above. The larva although distinctive doesn't seem to fit anything in my book. It was found last weekend feeding on rubus.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Monday, 8 August 2011
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
Welcome garden addition of Antler Moth
Small Ranunculus larva
Garden moth trap: Overnight winds consistently WSW all night so it was a surprise to get an influx of moths from the Mendips. The give away clue was a very welcome garden tick of Antler Moth and Slender Brindle. It may be possible that the previous nights rain had caused a dispersal so it will be worth checking conditions leading up to future dispersals. This is the third such event to happen this year. Also of note 7 Silver Y in the trap, the single highest overnight count of the year so far.
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
True Lover's Knot
Another good night on the Mendips. A dozen new species for me including: Grass Emerald, Dotted Clay, True Lover's Knot, Satin Beauty, Narrow-winged Pug, Udea lutealis, Zeriaphera ratzeburgiana, Mompha raschkiella, Schreckensteinia festaliella, Merrifieldia leucodactyla. Other highlights included 3 Antler Moth, Larch Pug, and Fox Moth larvae.