Saturday, 28 August 2010

High winds, low Counts

Put the moth trap out as usual on a Friday night and the result this morning was the lowest count for many weeks with only 42 moths of 16 species. Not surprising as the temperature had dropped to a chilly 7 degrees C. and the wind was quite blustery, so much so that I checked the trap in the shelter of the Greenhouse. 4 Gold Spots was a good count considering the low numbers and there was also a migrant Silver Y. Even though there is a strong North-westerly wind, things are on the move for as well as the Silver Y, there was a Red Admiral with a few Peacocks on the Buddlesjas. Also  I counted 12 Meadow Pipits fly over in half an hour. There was not one Swallow, House Martin or Swift over the house this morning, the first time there hasn't been any, probably since early April,  apart from during very heavy rain. Autumn's here alright.

Gold Spot - 1 of 4 last night
Silver Y - A close relative but a migrant

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