Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Second Centre-barred Sallow

Heysham Obs
Centre-barred Sallow is a late year moth which is common enough in my home area of SD66 but scarce on this part of the coast in the absence of long-established ash trees.  This morning saw just the second record for the Heysham trap which has been operating pretty continuously since 1989, the first was in 2006.  The rest of the catch was very poor in numbers with just 3 Silver Y and a small influx of Garden Rose Tortrix of minor note

Office vis mig early morning
Too windy for any mist-netting first thing and very little on the move with just 5 Grey Wagtail, 4 alba Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch and 6 Swallow noted between 0630 and 0930hrs.  One Grey Wagtail was colour-ringed as a vaguely sheltered mist net was belatedly set as the wind dropped

Ocean Edge area high tide mid pm
Med Gull - 5 juvs, 4 ads and a 2CY
Little Gull - ad
waders mainly too far away

Still about 6 Common Blue next to the office mist net ride and c15 Small Tortoiseshell around the buddlieas