Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bee-fly, Easton Hornstocks

More Orange Underwing action today but the Bee-flies stole the show and still no Light Orange Underwing.

Bee-fly Bombylius major

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Test Valley Scenes

The Bunnies and the distinctive thatched fishery buildings

Sedges like tree ferns left exposed after reed burning

Longstock Church

Stockbridge Down with Woolbury Ring on top

Chilbolton Radio Telescope

Hampshire mothing

A selection of common moths trapped in my parents' garden in Hampshire.

Pale Pinion Lithophane hepatica

The Chestnut Conistra vaccinii

Oak Beauty Biston strataria

Twin-spotted Quaker Orthosia munda

Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta

Early Grey Xylocampa areola

Canon Powershot A640

Leckford Garden Birds

Great Spotted Woodpecker drums at the bottom of the garden but this is the female (which also drum sometimes). The male Kestrel often uses this perch and drops onto prey in the garden. Other good birds include Blackcap, Nuthatch and a fly over Red Kite (not so common in Hampshire as Northants).

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus major

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Robin Erithacus rubecula

Digiscoped with Canon A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Twin-spotted Quaker

Twin-spotted Quaker makes a return to the garden after a two year absence.

Twin-spotted Quaker Orthosia munda

March Moth Alsophila aescularia

Last two nights:
Common Quaker, 4, 2
Hebrew Character, 1, 2
Clouded Drab, 2, 2
Small Quaker, 3, 0
March Moth, 2, 2
Twin-spotted Quaker, 0, 1

Sunday, March 15, 2009

North Norfolk

What can you see in North Norfolk without going to Titchwell. Well plenty of Barn Owls for a start. We saw at least 4 out hunting at all times of the day in the Burnham Norton/Overy area. Little Egrets were also scattered all over the place and could be found in any old ditch or stream. Other bits and pieces included Red-throated Diver past Salthouse and a few other birds pictured below.

Barn Owl Tyto alba

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

Dark-bellied Brent Geese Branta bernicla bernicla

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor, Roydon Common

All digiscoped with Canon A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lead-coloured Drab

Just one moth in the trap this morning, despite the very mild conditions overnight. It is the rather scarce Lead-coloured Drab, which is not annual in the garden. This is a very dark specimen but shows the rounded wing shape and feathered antennae characteristic of the species.

Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti

Canon Powershot A640

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Little Egret, Ferry Meadows

Roosting on the island on Overton Lake near the Cormorant colony.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Digiscoped with Canon A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Signs of Spring

Loads of signs of spring around today including a corking Comma and an Ichneumon stramentarius, neither of which would co-operate with the camera.

This Wood Ant nest was huge last year; the rebuilding work starts here.

Red Wood Ants Formica rufa

Honey Bee on Crocus


Hawthorn Bud



Thursday, March 05, 2009

Dawn on the Washes

I love cold mornings on the Nene Washes. It was beautiful this morning and there were plenty of birds, although only half the central drove was accessible due to flooding.

Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus

Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa icelandica

Bewick's Swans Cygnus columbianus

Digiscoped with Canon A640 and Leica APO77 x20