Sunday, 19 June 2011

Ringlets & Damsels

As I suspected there were a few moths hiding in the Greenhouse when I checked late yesterday, the only additional species to the days catch was a Dusky Brocade.
It rained most of yesterday and overnight but this morning was not too bad until the rain at lunchtime. A short walk in between the afternoon's showers allow a few butterflies on the area behind the village to flex their wings. Quite a few Small Heath, Common Blue

Common Blue - Ragged after the heavy rain

and Meadow Brown were flying about and 3 Ringlets, the first of the year, bringing the butterfly year list up to 17. 

Ringlets - This species only arrived on the Fell a few years ago
As I walked through the grass I was putting up the grass moth Crambus lathoniellus and 20 or so Shaded Broad-bar.

Shaded Broad-bar - a common moth both at the trap and in long grass
Two Common Blue and a single Blue-tailed Damselfly were also flushed out of the grass. A single plants of Upright Hedge-parsley was found in flower adding to the the year's flora list as did Crested Dog's-tail, Wild Privet and  Hedge Woundwort.
There was still a fair bird of bird song about, with most of summer visitors  still singing, even if only in snatches. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common & Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Cuckoo all being heard.

OFFH List this year

Flowering plants - 268
Birds - 104
Moths - 135
Butterflies - 17
Dragonflies - 4
Hoverflies - 8
Mammals - 10 

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