Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Beauties and The Odd Bird

The temperatures are set to drop significantly as we hit the weekend so I made the most of the balmy conditions by putting the trap out again last night. A modest catch of 16 moths of six species including one or two new for the garden. Also fantastic to get some colour amongst them with one each of Oak Beauty, Pine Beauty and Red Chestnut.

 After bringing the trap in I again set out for some early morning birding. A calm sea awaited and an obvious passage of Meadow Pipits over it. Five Red-breasted Mergansers flew north in 1 hour and seven Pink-footed Geese. The Waxwings were still at Ashington as I headed home.
This afternoon's highlights included Pintail at East Chevington (2) and Druridge (3); four Twite at the north end of Bell's Dunes were an overdue year tick and sadly one of the Ashington Waxwings was taken into care after presumably being hit by a car. It didn't survive unfortunately.

The full moth catch was :

Hebrew Character 8
Common Clouded Drab 2
Common Quaker 3
Oak Beauty 1 - new for garden
Pine Beauty 1 - new for garden
Red Chestnut 1 - new for garden


Bennyboymothman said...

Great Pine Beauty Alan, never seen one. Lack of coniferous areas around here maybe something to do with that.


Right, I am starting mothing again.

Stewart said...

Clouded Drab Alan, Clouded.....and I agree with Ben, very nice pic of Pine Beauty...