Showing posts from August, 2013

Recent records from Rishton - Birds and Moths

I've had the Moth trap out in the garden eight times so far in August and though the sepcies count has diminished somewhat (50 - 60 on average compared to up to 98 in July) the interest has not. Yes, the trap is inundated with Yellow underwings from five species - mainly Large Yellow Underwing and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - but there have been lots of others to enjoy. The Copper Underwings have started to appear and examination of the extent of the copper colouring on the underside of the hindwing had led to the identification of Svensson's. The trap was doing well yesterday morning with three new micros for the 10km square SD72  - Agriphila latistria, Lobesia litoralis and Carnation Tortix - all localised species in Lancashire and never recorded anywhere near here!
The garden has been busy with young birds - it seems a good year for a lot of species as teh young Tits and Finches devour the seed. I've had some information on Redpolls we've caught - once c…

Two-barred Crossbill - a first for Lancs

It's been a while since I posted on here but East Lancashire has scored again with another rarity, this time a juvenile Two-barred Crossbill on a Bowland bird feeder.
The news came out at 5pm this-evening that the bird had been present for two days on feeders at a farm house near Browsholme Hall. The owner, Barry Tyrer, runs a website with many links to blogs and resources for the Bowland area so as a keen naturalist was keen to get the news out. I'm not to sure if he's prepared for the throng tomorrow!

The path up to the farm wasn't entirely obvious but managed it at a second attempt. After a short wait the bird came down to some feeders where it tucked into sunflower seeds. It departed after around 10 minutes but was soon back, perching on the aerial before coming down to he feeders again. The tertial spots were not all that prominent but other than that it looked like a two-barred, the first of the recent invasion to reach the western s…