Saturday, 26 March 2011

Temperature & Moths down - it must be GMS Night

Both the moths numbers and the temperature dropped overnight, 82 of 8 species and 2.8C respectively, but it was the Garden Moth Scheme trapping night which always seems to be poorer, maybe they should change it from a Friday.
The moths in the trap consisted of

 1 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria)
 2 Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea)
 2 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda)
62 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
 2 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)
 1 Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda)
11 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)
 1 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)

Birds in the garden are still very active with 2 House Sparrow and a pair of Goldfinch, the cock displaying and singing to his mate, adding their numbers to the throng today. As I mentioned before, despite the pair of Blackbird nesting in the garden so close to the food there does not seem to be any issue over territory. At least 5 different (3 male and 2 female) Blackbirds have been feeding here in the last couple of days.
A Green Woodpecker was calling from Hermitage Woods which is good as I thought they had left this spot this year. Another  clue that its spring, as well as the clocks going forward tonight,  was in one of the fields by Chester Moor, a flock of gulls. These were all adult Common Gulls on there way to their northern breeding grounds. Nearby, four new species of flowering plant were noted in flower for the first time this year. On the A167, in the central reservation, were Common Winter-cress and Danish Scurvy-grass with Annual Meadow-grass on the verge and Ash in the hedgerow.

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