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.
Elephant Hawk Moth
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 Shell and Gothic. Really good stuff whilst the rain poured down outsite.
Eyed Hawk Moth
Gold Spot and Buff Tip


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