Aug 092020
 

Friday morning 7th of August 2020 my wife and I decided to spend an hour or so at the local patch, Staunton Harold Reservoir, South Derbyshire. At around 9:42 as I was scanning the far side of the reservoir,  a stunning Great White Egret suddenly flew into my field of view and landed on the far side of the water. I couldn’t believe it, a new bird for the site and one I’ve been expecting for some time. Unfortunately a speed boat from the Yacht Club was out and fairly soon the bird flushed towards the Calke End. We decided to head back home and I would go looking for it later. Also present 5 Little Egret, 6 Yellow-legged Gull (4 adults and 2 third summer) 234 Grey Lag Goose, 4 Egyptian Goose, around 25 Common Tern and 55 Great Crested Grebe.

I soon re-discovered the Great White Egret roosting in a large willow tree down the Calke Arm. It obligingly dropped onto the shore line and commenced feeding for 10 minutes or so before flying off west and I lost it over Spring Wood.

Sunday 9th August – Staunton Harold Reservoir –  No sign of the Great White Egret but 8 Little Egret and 6 Grey Heron present. Also 5 Yellow-legged Gull and a rather strange and difficult Caspian Gull (3rd summer). I photographed the bird as best I could as it was roosting on the “Draw-Out Tower” rails along with 3 adult Yellow-legged Gull. It had bright pink legs and appeared to have a pale eye. I wasn’t 100% sure, in fact I thought it might be an argentatus type Herring Gull, due to leg colour and the massive size of the bill. These features are inconsistent but can be seen on some Caspian Gulls. Of course a hybrid type from one of the mainland Europe colonies can’t be ruled out, but then Caspian Gull bare part colour is very variable, as bare part colour is with many other gull species. Nevertheless an interesting bird that structurally, along with a hint of greenish tone in the bill, sits well for Caspian Gull in 3rd summer plumage. It has also been suggested that it could be a bird from the German mixed-colonies, but without a ring on its leg how can one be sure? 

Also 25 Common Tern and a fly-over Common Snipe which was a patch year tick and 30 Cormorant were other highlights.

Caspian Gull 3rd summer with 2 Yellow-legged Gulls – 9th August
Caspian Gull 3rd summer with 3 Yellow-legged Gull – 9th August
Great White Egret – 7th August
Great White Egret – 7th August
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 9th August
Common Snipe – 9th August
Black-headed Gull – adult moulting in winter plumage – 7th August
Black-headed Gull – adult moulting in winter plumage – 7th August
Black-headed Gull – juvenile – 9th August
Canada Goose – 9th August
Common Tern – 7th August
Common Tern – 9th August
Common Tern – 9th August
Common Tern – 9th August
 Posted by at 9:26 pm
Aug 082020
 

I ran a garden Moth Trap overnight on 7th August 2020, results are as follows in no particular order. This was the most productive garden moth trap so far this year, with 44 species and 126 moths.

Grey Dagger 3; Small Phoenix 1; Willow Beauty 8; Marbled Beauty 12; Flame Shoulder 2; Common Carpet 4; Garden Carpet 1; Double-striped Pug 2; Canary-shouldered Thorn 1; Riband Wave 10; Large Yellow Underwing 12; Ruby Tiger 3; Shuttle-shaped Dart 6 (1 female); Yellow-barred Brindle 1; Copper Underwing 2; Cloaked Minor 8; Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1; Least Carpet 1; Smoky Wainscot 1; Scalloped Hook-tip 1; Lesser Swallow Prominent 1; Straw Underwing 1; Chrysoteuchia culmella 1; Bryotropha terella 1; Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) 8; Pyrausta aurata (Mint Moth) 8; Lyonetia clerkella (Apple Leaf Miner) 2; Cameraria ohridella (Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner) 1; Euzophera pinguis 1; Agriphila tristella 2; Agriphila straminella 6; Carcinia quercana 1; Ypsolopha sequella 1; Caloptilia populetorum 1; Argyresthia goedartella 1; Cydia pomonella 1; Acrobasis advenella 1; Hellinsia osteodactylus (Small Goldenrod Plume) 1; Crassa unitella 1; Swammerdamia caesiella 1; Blastobasis lacticolella 2; Eudonia mercurella 2: Crambus pascuella 3: Yponomeuta  mallinellus (Apple Ermine) 2:

Small Phoenix
Copper Underwing
Least Carpet
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Sallow Kitten
Scalloped Hook-tip
Smoky Wainscot
Yellow-barred Brindle
Acrobasis advenella
Lyonetia clarkellaApple Leaf Miner
Lyonetia clarkellaApple Leaf Miner
Argyresthia goedartella
Argyresthia goedartella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Bryotropha terella
Caloptilia populetorum
Caloptilia populetorum
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Crassa unitella
Eudonia mercurella
Euzophera pinguis
Cameraria ohridellaHorse-chestnut Leaf Miner
Epiphyas postvittanaLight Brown Apple Moth – male
Hellinsia osteodactylus – Small Goldenrod Plume
Swammerdamia caesiella
Ypsolopha sequella
 Posted by at 8:58 pm
Aug 062020
 

I ran a garden Moth Trap overnight on 5th August and the results as follows in no particular order :-

Knot Grass 3; (NFG); Poplar Grey 1; Marbled Beauty 9; Common Footman 1; Scarce Footman 1; Buff Footman 2; Dingy Footman 1; Riband Wave 7; Large Yellow Underwing 19; Flame Shoulder 2; Willow Beauty 6; Ingrailed Clay 1; Ruby Tiger 1; Brimstone Moth 1; Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3; Canary-shouldered Thorn 1; Gold Spot 1; Cloaked Minor 3; Shuttle-shaped Dart 3; Common Carpet 3; Clay 1; Pyrausta aurata (Mint Moth) 1; Hypsopygia costalis (Gold Triangle) 1; Scoparia ambigualis 4; Agriphila straminella 4; Lyonetia clerkella (Apple Leaf Miner) 1; Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) 1; Agriphila tristella 1; Yponomeuta malinellus (Apple Ermine) 2; Crambus pascuella 2; Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown House Moth) 1; Acrobasis advenella 1;  32 Species87 Moths.

Knot Grass
Knot Grass
Knot Grass
Knot Grass
Poplar Grey
Gold Spot
Common Carpet
Cloaked Minor
Cabary-shouldered Thorn
Canary-shouldered Thorn
Canary-shouldered Thorn
Buff Footman
Apple Ermine
Agriphila tristella
Acrobasis advenella
Aug 032020
 

I ran a garden moth trap overnight on 2nd August 2020 – Results as follows in no particular order:-

Least Carpet 2 (new for garden); Riband Wave 8; Dusky Thorn 1; Yellow-tail 1; Willow Beauty 2; Rivulet 1; Large Yellow Underwing 2; Shuttle-shaped Dart 2; Common Rustic 1; Dingy Footman 1; Common Carpet 2; Poplar Hawkmoth 1; Buff Ermine 1 (male); Ruby Tiger 3; Cloaked Minor 1; Diamond-back Moth 1; Light Brown Apple Moth 2; Chrysoteuchia culmella 2; Crambus pascuella 2; Agriphila straminella 2; Mother of Pearl 1; Bryotropha terrella 1; Brown House Moth 1; Borhausenia fuscenscens 1: 24 species – 41 moths

Least Carpet – individual 1
Least Carpet – Individual 2
Poplar Hawkmoth
Poplar Hawkmoth
Yellow-tail
Yellow-tail
Ruby Tiger
Riband Wave – aversata
Riband Wave – remutata
Light Brown Apple Moth – female
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Cloaked Minor
Cloaked Minor
Buff Ermine – male
Buff Ermine – male
Bryotropha terrella
Hoffmannophila pseudospretellaBrown House Moth
Borkhausenia fuscescens
 Posted by at 4:08 pm
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