|The total contents of last nights moth trap - 1 Garden Carpet|
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Oh so quiet
The wind has finally dropped, it's not raining but it certainly feels like autumn. The overnight temperature with the clear skies dropped to 4.6C last night, the coldest night since spring I put the moth trap out overnight but knew it was a mistake on a cold, starry night in September. It was only because it was the first time for four days that it has not been too windy. Of course it was rubbish and with the contents after midnight of a single moth, to save on electricity I gave up and switched the power off. The results of the overnight trapping session equalled one Garden Carpet, not even a Yellow Underwing.
Prior to this it has been extremely quiet because it has been extremely windy, with a record breaking 40.6 mph registered on my little weather station. Hence the lack of sightings. Last Sunday a single Red Admiral and a singing Chiffchaff was the best, and since then, the odd southward bound Swallow flying overhead on a couple of days was all there was to be seen.