Saturday, September 12, 2009
Above - The Bathing House on the coast path. Sea flat calm...
A lovely day today, better than most of the summer. Warm, crystal clear and calm.
A sky scanning session from the garden this morning produced very little, but I was pleased with a 'kettle' of 12 Buzzards all together with 2 Sparrowhawks circling then drifting south. Later I had another 2 Buzzards over the back field plus another 3 over Ratcheugh on our way to Alnwick. How come when one raptor is over Gosforth its a Honey Buzzard, but the sky here is full and they are all Commons. I'm still awaiting a Pernis in Northumberland. I need to get out more!
Moth trapping last night was quite slow -
Large Yellow Underwing 9
Lesser Yellow Underwing 5
Square spot Rustic 5
Frosted Orange 1
Mouse Moth 2
Silver Y 1
Red Green Carpet 3
Common Wainscot 1
Flounced Rustic 1
Brown spot Pinion 1
Grey Pine Carpet 1, new for me. Easily overlooked.
Above - Grey Pine Carpet.
And thats it. I'll try again tonight...
While we are on the subject, how do you photograph the Carpet Moths? They're fridge proof. As soon as you touch one after a night in the appliance its up and away like a rocket, thats why my photo above is still in the egg box. After this shot, true to form, it was away.