Jan 012012

My year list for 2011 was slightly better than last year, I managed to see 267 species in Britain and I had  4 lifers plus an armchair tick (Siberian Stonechat) so I’m creeping along ever closer to the big 500! My highlights of the year were trips to Speyside, Scotland in April; Shetland in September & Scilly in October; White-winged Scoter twitch to Aberdeen in June; the White-throated Robin at Hartlepool in June; Northern Water Thrush & Scarlet Tanager on Scilly in October and finding a Dusky Warbler on Scilly. A Western Bonelli’s Warbler in Derbyshire was a surprise county […]

Oct 182003
Moth Trapping on St. Agnes 2003 - 11th - 18th October 2003

St. Agnes, the most westerly island of the Scilly archipelago, not only offers good birding but is also a superb place for trapping rare migrant moth species.   The week of 11-18th October 2003,  presented a period of ideal weather and the highlights are listed here. The week before we arrived Porter’s Rustic; Radford’s Flame-shoulder; Blair’s Mocha, numerous Convolvulus  hawkmoth and several other good migrants had all been trapped.    We ran a Mercury Vapour Light & Skinner Trap each night from 11th – 16th October. We were located at Troy Town Farm on St. Agnes. The best evenings were 11-13th October with […]

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