Saturday, 16 April 2011

Early morning bird fly-overs

The moth trap was out overnight and even though there was a minimum temperature of 7.4C and the conditions looking good,  with all the Salix in flower round about,  it was bound to have an effect.  14 moths of 5 species were present, the best being Oak Tree Pug which was new for the year

Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata) 1
Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 8
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 2
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 2

and 1 queen Common Wasp.

The short time I had this morning before heading off to the Harrogate Flower Show, I had a surprisingly wide range of birds flying over first thing this morning. It started with the strange sight of a Green Woodpecker bounding over the street. 2 Skylark also flew around and both were singing, directly over the house followed by 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and finally 2 Shelduck. There was also 1 Hoverfly up first thing,  the Drone Fly Eristalis tenax. Then it was off to the deep south .... Yorkshire

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