I mentioned the the day about that moth. It was a small white Acleris moth, one of the micro-moths and I really wasn’t sure at all as to what it was. Anyway it turned out that after its bits were examined by the county recorder it was identified as Acleris logiana and the first for County Durham (VC66).
231. Acleris logiana (Grey Birch Button)
|That moth - Here she is (its a girl) A. logiana|
aka Black-headed Birch Leaffolder Moth or Grey Birch Button
The moth trap overnight produced three new moth species for the year in the way of
232. Perigrapha munda (Twin-spotted Quaker)
233. Alsophila aescularia (March Moth )
234. Achlya flavicornis (Yellow-horned Moth)
|Here's the Yellow-horned head on showing his antennae 'horns'|
Otherwise I went off-piste on an outing with the Durham Wildlife Trust Botany Group to Gainford in the south of the county today. The aim, which was successful, was to see Gagea lutea (Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem) in one of it’s few county sites. A nice day out with 70-odd species including much of the early spring woodland plants in flower.
Returning, I walked from the A167 into the square and in one of the fields I picked up a Curlew feeding. Not a year tick but the first that wasn’t just flying over. Better still and only metres away from it were two Oystercatcher. Tick #235. I only had my macro lens with me so here is a very distant shot of them.
235. Haematopus ostralegus (Oystercatcher)