Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Streamer

Another chilly night last night but it's been warm enough to bring out a few moths and the first few Pipistrelles hunting them yesterday evening too. Just nine moths with these two being the best looking.

The Streamer Anticlea derivata

Early Grey Xylocampa areola

1747 The Streamer (Anticlea derivata) 1
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 2
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 3
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 2
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1
Black Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus humator) 1

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Mediterranean Gull, Ferry Meadows

This confiding bird is just into its second week at Ferry Meadows. Often coming to food near the visitor centre it is a photographer's dream. The tail pattern is interesting. Mostly typical of juvenile plumage, a few feathers on the outer right side are all white, already in 2nd summer plumage. Asymmetry like this is unusual and might be due to it losing some feathers at some point.

First Common Tern of the year was also at the park but strangely no hirundines at all.

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Back to Mothing

So, I didn't record any moths last year and was much reduced the year before but this year I'm hoping to see how things have changed so the traps are out again.

Had a reasonable catch to the 15W actinic last night:
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 2
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 3
1934 Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) 1
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 5
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 6
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1

Odd there were no Clouded Drabs.

March Moth Alsophila aescularia

Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

Early Grey Xylocampa areola

Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Red-necked Grebe, Rutland Water

Took a little walk out on the Hambleton Peninsula of Rutland Water on a beautiful day and located the wintering Red-necked Grebe.

Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Rough-legged Buzzard

First in the Peterborough area for many years and the first twitchable for decades (my first locally). Great find by Andy Frost and Neil Crossman while surveying a newly 'rewilded' part of the Great Fen project between Holme Fen and Farcet on what used to be Whittlesey Mere over a century ago. That's Yaxley in the background.

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Office Waxwing

It's been a bit quiet for birds from the office window recently but that changed yesterday when a Waxwing settled on the top of a tree opposite for about 10 minutes. It only left when I nipped out to try and get a better photo. Then today a Woodcock cruised past looking for somewhere to get in cover. Neither were firsts, in fact there have been quite a few Waxwings during invasion years.

Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Feathered Thorn

Smart antennae on this typical autumn moth that visited our kitchen window last night.

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