Last night was mild at 14 degrees at 11pm with some cloud and no wind. It was still 10 degrees when I got up this morning.
Late last night I checked the trap before bed and was pleased to find 9 species on the outside of the light, so it boded well for the morning.
The results today have ended up with 104 moths of 39 species. This is not earth shattering here, or even out of the ordinary, but after a cold nightmare of a spring where the usual catches are in single or low double figures, to get back to average is great.
Highlights were 3 Lunar Thorns, Pale Pinion, 2 Grass Rivulet, a Narrow winged Pug and a nice micro, Esperia sulphurella which is only my third here, I think.
The catch is as follows -
Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella (Agonopterix heracliana agg.) 1
Now this morning as I sit in the office 'working' there are reports that a Bee-eater flew north over my patch while a flock of Snow Geese as flown south. There are Rose-coloured Starlings to the right and left of me ( by about 25 miles each) and odd Red back Shrikes, Black Tern etc. Lets hope its a good weekend....
|Esperia sulphurella, a lovely little micro.|
|Grass Rivulet. Not so lovely, in fact the epitome of drab.|
|Lunar Thorn. Three of them was quite good, still a regular species up here but it has severely declined in the south of England.|
|Narrow winged Pug for the heather moors. It has either come a long way or lives on garden heathers nearby.|