Sunday, February 07, 2010

Early Moths...

The weather has been quite reasonable this weekend. Its all relative really. Its been dull overcast with some drizzle and brighter spells, but compared to last weekend it felt like spring.

On Saturday morning a flock of 10 Fulmars headed off inland over the Village Wood to prospect around the local quarries. It always looks strange, such a pelagic bird flying over land.

I popped over the Longhoughton Spar to see if anything had been attracted and was pleased to find 1 Pale brindled Beauty, 1 Chestnut and, a new one for me, an Early Moth, below.



On the garden feeders today 2 male and 1 female Siskin were new arrivals with the usual 8 Goldfinch, 6+ Tree Sparrows, 30+ Chaffinches and 30+ House Sparrows. 2 male Great spotted Woodpeckers were fighting in a dead tree next to the garden.



Above - The niger feeder is busy...


A walk along the road with Bunty was quiet for birds but a Red Squirrel ran over the road and 4 Roe Deer were in the wood.

After this mornings moth success, I stuck the trap on from 6pm until 11.30pm. Only 1 Pale brindled Beauty for my trouble. It seems that the Spar is better than the trap!

Sunday.

Off to do two atlas tetrads but first I called in to the Spar. The same Pale brindled Beauty was present, Chestnut moths have gone up to 3 and another new one for me, a Dotted Border below.



The atlas tetrads were at Boulmer, Seaton Point and Field House Farm. Highlights were - waders, loads, 144 Curlew, 47 Redshank, 82 Oystercatcher, 44 Turnstone, 51 Grey Plover, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 83 Dunlin, 82 Sanderling, 9 Bar tailed Godwit, 5 Knot and 5 Ringed Plover.

22 Grey Partridges, 10 Stock Doves and 17 Tree Sparrows were good on the farmland too.

This Grey Seal youngster was in bad shape. At first I thought it was just sleeping but as I went closer I could hear it struggling to breathe. Many pups die in their first year. Poor things...

6 comments:

alan tilmouth said...

Get it above the tideline that's Ivory Gull bait! By the way are the Woodpackers visiting on a lunchbreak ;)

Warren Baker said...

Siskin and Tree Sparrow on the same feeder, now that would be a dream for me!

Bennyboymothman said...
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Bennyboymothman said...

Some nice Moths there, indeed Early Moth was new for me this year, after 3 years of Moth-trapping.

I'm pretty fond of those Dotted Border's, such a silky clean cut Moth.

All the best
Ben

Dean said...

The Spar shop does it again Stewart. 2 new species from it in two days. I`m sure the trap will come good, once the weather picks up.

Stewart said...

Alan - Oh thats mercenary...

Warren - Yes they look good together. A bit of an unusual combo I think?

Ben - A bit poor compared to the hundreds you had the other night! Its still enough to keep me going...


Dean - You can take full credit for me checking the Spar. I would never have thought of it until your Matalan exploits surfaced. Cheers!