Jul 302020
 

I ran a garden moth trap overnight on 29th July 2020 – Results as follows in no particular order – Riband Wave 2; Willow Beauty 1; Chinese Character 1; Marbled Beauty 2; Poplar Hawk-moth 1; Large Yellow Underwing 5; Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 1; Shuttle-shaped Dart 1; Pale Prominent 1; Uncertain 3; Common Wainscot 1; Smoky Wainscot 1; Scarce Footman 1; Dingy Footman 2 (inc f. stramineola); Magpie Moth 1; Common Rustic 5; Large Twin-spot Carpet 1; Common Carpet 1; Straw Underwing 1; Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1; Crambus purlella 1; Crambus pascuella 8; Chrysoteuchia culmella 8; Agriphila straminella 1; Agriphila tristella 1; Eudonia mecurella 1; Garden Rose Tortrix 1; Apple Ermine 1; Acleris laterana 1; Bryotropha affinis 2; Mompha epilobiella 1:  31 species.

Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Hawk-moth
Pale Prominent
Straw Underwing
Smoky Wainscot
Shuttle-shaped Dart
Mompha epilobiella
Magpie Moth
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Large Twin-sport Carpet
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Dingy Footman
Dingy Footman f. stramineola
Chinese Character
Agriphila straminella
 Posted by at 3:34 pm
Jul 182020
 

I ran a moth trap in my garden in South Derbyshire overnight 17th July. 

Results in no particular order  –  Vapourer Moth (male) 1; Dark Arches 5; Large Yellow Underwing 5; Ruby Tiger 1; Riband Wave 3; Marbled Beauty 1; Small Dotted Buff (female) 1; Common Footman 2; Scarce Footman 1; Yellowtail 1: Short-cloaked Moth 1; Willow Beauty 1; Common Rustic 2; Chrysoteuchia culmella 6; Small Magpie 1; Mother of Pearl 1; Crambus pascuella 10; Cnephasia sp 2; Gold Triangle 1; Acrobasis consociella 1; Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix 1; Celypha striana 1; Limnaecia phragmitella 1; Apple Ermine 1; Scoparia ambigualis 1; Spilonota ocellana (Bud Moth) 1: 26 species; 53 moths. Leiopus nebulosus (Black-clouded Longhorn Beetle) 1:

Apple Ermine
Common Footman
Common Footman
Scarce Footman
Scarce Footman
Common Rustic
Crambus pascuella
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Leiopus nebulosus – Black-clouded Longhorn Beetle
Limnaecia phragmitella
Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl
Spilonota ocellana (Bud Moth)
Riband Wave
Ruby Tiger
Small Dotted Buff – female
Vapourer Moth – male
Vapourer Moth – male
Yellowtail
Yellowtail
Yellowtail
 Posted by at 9:18 pm
Jul 162020
 

I’ve said this many times before, but Frampton Fen is one of my most favourite RSPB Reserves. There’s always a good selection of species and plenty of birds to go through.

A Caspian Tern had been seen on several occasions in recent days to my visit, but alas it wasn’t at the reserve on my arrival on 12th July.

Three Spoonbill and 3 Ruff were my only year ticks, but 30 odd thousand roosting Knot was a very impressive sight, as was the several hundred Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits. Greenshank, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Avocet, Oystercatcher and Little-ringed Plover were other waders I saw whilst wandering around the reserve.

A really obliging Sedge Warbler gave me plenty of opportunity to take a few snaps.

I’m sure I will be back at Frampton before too much longer.

Sedge Warbler (Above 4 images)
Avocet
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Knot – part of the huge flock estimated at c30,000 birds
Little Egret
Little Egret
 Posted by at 5:41 pm
Jul 142020
 

A juvenile Lammergeier from the re-introduction program in the alps arrived in the channel islands during mid-May, having spent sometime wandering across Belgium. It wasn’t long before it was discovered cruising over the West Midlands on the afternoon of the 26th May.

An hour later it was seen heading north over the A50 in South Derbyshire, then went missing for a few days before being located on the high moorlands of the Peak District, from 30th May. It has been there ever since staying faithful to an area of the Howden Moors, regularly roosting on a cliff ledge at Crook Clough.

Overlooked by Back Tor, Lost Lad and Cartledge Bents, these names aptly describe the remoteness of the area that the bird has chosen to settle down.

The bird is a first summer now in its second calendar year (so was born in 2019) and is in heavy moult. Loss of many tail feathers and wing feathers, some very heavily worn. It has a very obvious pale yellow iris, a dark chocolate brown coloured head that contrasts with the paler underparts.

A strenuous walk of some 3 miles across the moors to reach the viewing site that overlooks the roosting area. Its a very safe distance from the bird and it shows very well on the clough and in the air, although I only saw it roosting on its favoured crag, close to an old Ravens nest.

A unique experience for UK birders and in fact for anyone interested in wildlife. I never thought I would see a Lammergeier in Britain.

Photos were taken of the bird at approximately half a mile range and are therefore heavily cropped.

Sunrise over the Peak District National Park – 13th July 2020
Back Tor in the background – The viewing point on Howden Moor
Crook Clough – the favoured roost site
This image was phone-scoped
 Posted by at 12:03 pm
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