Saturday, 31 July 2010

Whimbrel & more moths

Heysham Obs
The moth trap is perfectly designed to receive hordes on cloudy westerly-wind nights and that is just about what has been happening this last fortnight!  It consists of an east-facing prison-barred window with a blended 160W MV hanging from the ceiling and loads of egg packing on the floor.  Winner of the 'most unusual trap' on the inaugural National Moth Night about 10 years ago.  This waffle disguises the fact that this was not the best day ornithologically, especially as two top-notch birders were on the coastal prowl

North wall
Whimbrel - 4

Sallow new for the year and notable were: 2 Dingy Footman, Pediasia aridella, 2 Barred Rivulet, Rush Veneer, Chilo phragmitella & Phoenix