Showing posts from July, 2012

Balmy summer birding near Glasgow

Summer's finally arrived though as we'd travelled up to Glasgow on Saturday, it came three days later than home! I'm currently looking enviously at the temperatures at home knowing that the past few nights would have been excellent for moths as reported from several Lancashire sites. I just know that by Sunday, we'll be back down in single figure overnight temperatures.

Anyway, not to worry, I've had my first micro query confirmed as a Lozotaenia Fosterana and here's me saying I'll ignore them for now. Maybe I will on the whole but this one seemed identifiable (apologies for the image as the iPhone cameras focus is not centre weighted it seems)!
I've managed another ringing session with Mark with a plethera of new nets and poles - so we're ready for the overland Meadow Pipit passage and hopefully some other goodies as well. This time we trapped a lot of Siskins in their July dispersal period so it would be nice to know how far they actually go.

Mothing in the garden

A fine night was forecast on Saturday/Sunday so I had to get the Moth trap out again and I was rewarded with quite a good catch with some bleting ones topped off with four Elephant Hawkmoths. We even managed another morning's ringing at Mark's place on Newton Fell on Sunday morning catching our first juv Meadow Pipit along with several Willow Warblers, two juv Great-spotted Woodpeckers, a Redstart and umpteen juvenile Great Tits.
Last night I put the trap out again and had an amazing catch of around 210 moths of 54 species (not including Micros that I can't fathom yet). It kept me busy! Four poplar Hawk Moths and single Elephant and Eyed Hawk Moths were the biggest, but lots of Brimstones, Light Emeralds with a smattering of Buff Arches, Small Angle Shades and Buff Tips along with hordes of Marbled (?) Minors, Burnished Brass, Dark Arches, Silver, Golden and Beautiful Golden Y's. Gold Spots and Dark Spectacled were new along with Straw Dot, Small Yellow Wave, Dingy She…

Lovely Tern in the weather?

I don't believe it! Fine weather at last so a good chance to do some garden ringing. Unfortunately, the wind was coming from the east and gusting so the nets were billowing a bit. Even so we caught lots of young Tits, mainly Great along with a retrap Lesser Redpoll and several Greenfinches. We also too the opportunity to ring three nests of Swallow pulli at the farm.

This Woodpigeon was a ringing tick for me - I was wondering when we'd get one!
What was more surprising was a Common Tern flying over the garden. It's over ten years since I last saw one along the canal so it was long overdue - nice spot, Mark. I think it'll be Moth trap time tonight as fine weather is predicted!

Time for a bit of a catch up

The weather has put paid to a lot of birding related activities recently. I've managed one Sand Martin ringing evening with Richard on the Lune and that's the only one we've managed. The heavy rain of the last week resulted in rivers way above their normal levels - Lune and Ribble bursting their banks and all the Sand Martin colonies wiped out on the Ribble at least. The garden is full of birds at present but no chance to do any ringing of them either because of the wind and rain.
At least I've managed to get the moth trap out a couple of evenings - all very instructive with some smart beasties. Four Poplar Hawk Moths so far as well as several diverse looking species that are all common but new to me.
  A business trip down to Spalding meant that I could call in on the adult White-winged Black Tern at Fairburn Ings - now that's what I call a stunning bird; the first adult I've ever seen.

The Olympic Torch Relay went through Oswaldtwistle last weekend so Bern…