Largest haul of moths so far this year in the garden.

Tuesday 22nd July 2014.

Treble-bar.

More hot weather is contributing to the large tally of moths overnight with 71 moths of 31 species, the highest number of moths in the garden this year. Among these were three new year ticks of which one I wasn’t too sure of and I have posted a photo on the Hants Moths Facebook page for an ID. However, the two others were a Treble-bar and a Lesser Yellow Underwing.

Maiden's Blush.

Other interesting moths included my 2nd Maiden’s Blush, Marbled Green and Dun-bar of the year and my third Peppered Moth. Good numbers of Cydia splendana were also present including some of the dark form, plus my second Trachycera suavella of the year.

Marbled Green.

Last night, while checking the moth box around 10.30pm, I heard the distinctive call of a Common Sandpiper, flying high overhead in the dark heading westbound. Another garden tick along with yesterday’s Little Egret!

Broad-barred White - a new moth species for my life list.

Stop press. I had another moth identified for me (earlier I thought it was a Nut-tree Tussock) on the superb Hants Moths Facebook site. It was my first ever Broad-barred White. Very pleased with that. Later this evening, while watering the plants, an Early Thorn flew out of the pot plants and what looked like another disappeared into our Lilac Tree. You never know what could be hiding in the pot plants!  

Four more year ticks in the moth box.

Monday 21st July 2014.

Magpie.

Three ‘macro moth’ year ticks were in the moth box this morning, which included two new for the garden – Black Arches and a Magpie moth (which I found on my second visit this morning into the garden). My third macro year tick was a well-worn Marbled Green was also present. The micros were well represented, which included my first Oegoconia quadripuncta and Pyrausta aurata of the year.

Black Arches.

Marbled Green.

It looks as though we have a very warm week ahead of us on the south coast, so possibly more good moths to come? A total of 54 moths were present of 29 species.

Oegoconia quadripuncta

Pyrausta aurata

More moth year ticks in garden & a Little Egret!

Sunday 20th July 2014.

Nut-tree Tussock - first for the garden.

Yet again, moth numbers were in healthy numbers with 62 moths of 31 species present today, including at least four that were new for the year. A Nut-tree Tussock was present (although I had to go on Hants Moths Facebook page to get it ID’d. The Lewington ID Guide I have bares no resemblance to my photos of it!).

Early Thorn.

Also present were V-Pug, Scarce Footman and an Early Thorn. While checking the Swifts overhead, with at least 60 birds present, a Little Egret flew high over heading south towards the seafront. This was a first from the garden.

V-Pug.

Moths present this morning were:

  • Riband Wave (12)
  • Buff Ermine (3)
  • Lime-speck Pug (3)
  • Willow Beauty (2)
  • Grey Dagger (1)
  • Common Footman (1)
  • Scarce Footman (1)
  • Single-dotted Wave (2)
  • Brimstone Moth (1)
  • Bright-line Brown-eye (6)
  • Uncertain (3)
  • Marbled Beauty (1)
  • Common Pug (1)
  • Garden Tiger (1)
  • Dark Arches (1)
  • Common Emerald (1)
  • Early Thorn (1)
  • V-Pug (1)
  • Nut-tree Tussock (1)
  • Emmelina monodactyla (1)
  • Light-brown Apple Moth (1)
  • Endotricha flammealis (3)
  • Eudonia mercurella (2)
  • Garden Grass Veneer (3)
  • Diamond-backed Moth (1)
  • Synaphe punctalis (1)
  • Bramble Shoot Moth (1)
  • Spilonota ocellana (1)
  • Cydia splendana (1)
  • Acleris forsskaleana (1)
  • Orchard Ermine (1)
  • Ringed China-mark (1)
Apologies about the picture quality, but this was my first ever Ringed China-mark,which I found late last night by the moth box. Thanks goes to those who ID’d it on Hants Moths.
 
Scarce Footman.

Spectacle new for year this morning.

Saturday 19th July 2014.

Silver Y. New for the year.

Before the rain came down again, I was up early to check on the moth box and quite pleased to see a good number of moths outside the box. The warm balmy evenings of late has produced some decent moth numbers the last few days and this morning was no exception. However, the best of this morning’s bunch was a Spectacle, which was my first of the year, but flew off before I could grab a photo of it.

Euzophera pinguis - another first for the year.

My first Silver Y of the year was present, perched on the fence panel behind box along with a Grey Dagger and a Lackey. With regards to micros, my first Euzophera pinguis of the year was within the box. 62 moths were present this morning of 29 species.

Moths present this morning included:

  • Spectacle (1)
  • Riband Wave (13)
  • Common Pug (2)
  • Willow Beauty (2)
  • Bright-line Brown-eye (7)
  • Common Emerald (2)
  • White Ermine (1)
  • Lime-speck Pug (2)
  • Grey Dagger (1)
  • Silver Y (1)
  • Dark Arches (1)
  • Pale Mottled Willow (5)
  • Garden Carpet (1)
  • Uncertain (1)
  • Buff Ermine (1)
  • Common Rustic (1)
  • Lackey (1)
  • Garden Grass Veneer (3)
  • Endotricha flammealis (4)
  • Light-brown Apple Moth (2)
  • Phylctaenia coronta (1)
  • Eudonia mercurella (2)
  • Diamond-backed Moth (1)
  • Blastobastis adustella (1)
  • Emmelina monodactyla (1)
  • Synaphe punctalis (1)
  • Codling Moth (1)
  • Spilonota ocellana (1)
  • Euzophera pinguis (1)

Despite the rain, the local Swifts are still in good numbers with at least 25 birds in the area, which I think is an under estimation. How mine are doing, I am not so sure as I have not seen them enter my nest box for a while now. However, early morning and late evening is the best time to find out. I shall have another look tonight.

Garden & Rosy Tiger new for the year.

Friday 18th July 2014.

Garden Tiger.

Both Ruby and Garden Tiger were year ticks for the garden this morning; the former, which I found last night by the moth box and consequently placed it in one of my small jars so I could l photograph it in the morning. Despite last night’s very loud thunderstorm, there were quite a few moths present today and quite a variety too. At least a dozen or so House Flies were present in the box; no doubt taking shelter from the deluge of rain during the storm, as well as a small bug and a ladybird species.

Ruby Tiger.

26 moths were counted of 18 species. Present this morning were the following:

  • Riband Wave (3)
  • Brown-tail (1)
  • Common Pug (2)
  • Four-spotted Footman (1)
  • Willow Beauty (3)
  • Pale Mottled Willow (1)
  • Bright-line Brown-eye (3)
  • Garden Tiger (1)
  • Rosy Tiger (1)
  • Common Rustic (1)
  • Lackey (1)
  • Light-brown Apple Moth (1)
  • Garden Grass Veneer (3)
  • Endotricha flammealis (1)
  • Bee Moth (1)
  • Eudonia mercurella (1)
  • Pammene fasciana (1)
  • Blastobastis adustella (1)

A nice stroll in Mottistone.

Thursday 17th July 2014.

The road by St. Peters Church.

Common Buzzard overhead.

I was working on the Isle of Wight all day and I only had a small window of opportunity to grab a little free time between my appointments and so I managed to get a short walk by the village of Mottistone, on the south west side of the island. As the temperatures were soaring to the high seventy’s, I grabbed my camera and took a walk down a country lane by St. Peters Church.

Gatekeeper.

I saw my first Gatekeeper butterflies of the year along the grassy borders as well as several Marbled Whites. A single Comma was seen perched on an overhanging tree branch. Overhead, a pair of Common Buzzards soared in the clear blue sky, calling to one another. A male Greenfinch was seen nearby, singing its heart out upon a small tree. Swallows whizzed past low overhead as I made my way back to the car. I have seen Red Squirrels here, but someone was chopping up wood nearby.

Male Greenfinch near the Church.

So, even though it was only a 20 minute walk, there is always something to look at on the island. I read today that the small pools by Bembridge Pond held several species of wader including Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. A Black Kite was seen last week soaring over Ventnor with a couple of Common Buzzards. With this heat wave hitting the UK, maybe worth keeping an eye out within the sky for unusual raptors etc.

This Comma was bathing in the sunshine.

Rosy Footman & July Highflyer new for year in the garden.

Thursday 17th July 2014.

Rosy Footman.

The overnight temperature is hovering in the mid-teens at present and the daytime heat is building up to its maximum, which is tomorrow, where temperatures are likely to climb to 90 degrees! Thunderstorms are predicted Friday night into the weekend, which will eventually cool things down a little. This hot weather is rising up from Spain according to the meteorologists and also has been pushing in some unusual birds and insects.

July Highflyer.

A Great Knot was present at Breydon Water, Norfolk for several days, although though no sign since Tuesday evening. Norfolk was also blessed with both Collared and Black-winged Pratincole. Insects too have been hitting the headlines with an outbreak of both Continental Swallowtail on the south coast and Scarce Small Tortoiseshells on the east coast.

Peppered Moth.

Another interesting haul of moths this morning with two year ticks for the garden and another new micro for the garden, which was identified late yesterday by the guys on Facebook- Trachycera suavella. Both Rosy Footman and a pristine July Highflyer were new for the year and my second Peppered Moth in the garden for the year was most welcome. Altogether, there were 31 moths of 22 species.

Trachycera suavella - a new moth for me.

Moths present this morning were:

  • Riband Wave (5)
  • July Highflyer (1)
  • Common Pug (2)
  • Peppered Moth (1)
  • Lackey (1)
  • Common Footman (1)
  • Bright-line Brown-eye (3)
  • Marbled Beauty (1)
  • Uncertain (1)
  • Buff Ermine (1)
  • Rosy Footman (1)
  • Shuttle-shaped Dart (1)
  • Common Emerald (1)
  • Single-dotted Wave (1)
  • Garden Grass Veneer (1)
  • Light-brown Apple Moth (1)
  • Tachystola acroxantha (1)
  • Trachycera suavella (1)
  • Emmelina monodactyla (1)
  • Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
  • Phylctaenia coronata (1)
  • Brown House Moth (3) 

My fifth Hawk-moth species of the year this morning.

Wednesday 16th July 2014.

Elephant Hawk-moth in the garden today.

My fifth species of Hawk-moth of the year was in my moth box this morning, with a gorgeous Elephant Hawk-moth perched comfortably on one of the egg boxes. Allowing me to pick it up carefully, I then placed it on one of the hanging baskets for it to warm up and then shortly fly off afterwards.

Brown-tail.

Two other ‘macro’ year ticks were present – a Brown-tail moth and a Four-spotted Footman, which were unexpected. What with a Buff Tip (second in the garden this year) and several interesting macro moths (which I have put on Facebook to be ID’d), there was a total of 43 moths of 22 species.

Male Four-spotted Footman.

The following moths present were:

  • Riband Wave (12)
  • Bright-line Brown-eye (4)
  • Willow Beauty (3)
  • Brown-tail (1)
  • Elephant Hawk-moth (1)
  • Common Rustic (1)
  • Four-spotted Footman (1)
  • Common Emerald (1)
  • Buff-tip (1)
  • Buff Ermine (2)
  • Uncertain (1)
  • Large Yellow Underwing (1)
  • Common Pug (1)
  • Light-brown Apple Moth (2)
  • Phlyctaenia coronata (2)
  • Garden Grass Veneer (1)
  • Eudonia mercurella (1)
  • Synaphe punctalis (2)
  • Blastobasis adustella (1)
  • Trachycera suavella (1)
  • Phycita roborella (1)

Highland Road Cemetery.

Monday 14th July 2014.

I take it that this Carrion Crow will gain a full black plumage later on in life?

A walk around Highland Road Cemetery this afternoon held a few interesting sightings. A very warm afternoon with a nice westerly breeze made it bearable as we slowly strolled anticlockwise along the footpath. I was reading earlier that sightings of warblers and Redstarts were being seen on the south coast in some numbers as migration is starting to take shape. A real shock today was the sighting of an adult Great Knot at Breydon Water, Norfolk. Apparently present for a couple of days, the bird disappeared late morning, only to return a little further up the road. I have never seen this very rare wader from Siberia, so, if it hangs around, I just might take the long journey north to see it for myself.

Myathropa florea.

Back in the Cemy, birds were at a premium as expected at this time of year, but the male Sparrowhawk was seen today bringing in food. I spotted Jim Walker’s uncle also gazing at the Sparrowhawks. A rather ‘piabald’ Carrion Crow was hopping about in the south west corner but little else when it came to the birds. Again, despite the Buddleia being out, very few butterflies around this afternoon. The only ones seen were a single Large White and a Small Tortoiseshell.

Small Tortoiseshell in the sunshine.

I noticed my first Blackberries of the year growing on the brambles today; a sure sign that Autumn is on its way. While watching the Sparrowhawks in the Cemy, a small group of 3 Swallows flew overhead and started mobbing the male Sparrowhawk. Very brave! Back in my garden, a male Sparrowhawk flew out of my neighbours Holly Tree, scaring the life out of a Starling, which I thought it must of caught.

Field Grasshopper. There were quite a few heard on the west side of the Cemy.

Anthidium manicatum or Wool Carder Bee in the Cemy.

Back to earth!

Monday 14th July 2014.

Clay.

Back to earth this morning with a much less number of moths within the box. With just 19 moths of 13 species, there was nothing new today. A single Caddis Fly species was also present.

Caddis Fly.

Moths present this morning included:

  • Bright-line Brown-eye (3)
  • Riband Wave (2)
  • Clay (1)
  • Single-dotted Wave (1)
  • Lackey (1)
  • Rustic (1)
  • Light-brown Apple Moth (2)
  • Emmelina monodactyla (2)
  • Phylctaenia coronata (1)
  • Garden Grass Veneer (1)
  • Diamond-backed Moth (1)
  • Codling Moth (1)
  • Eudonia mercurella (2)

I have read that all three of the Black-winged Stilt chicks are still alive at Medmerry RSPB Reserve near Selsey. They were seen yesterday evening, all present and correct. I am hoping that they will make a visit to Siddlesham Ferry Pool soon. There was both a Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint on the Ferry Pool yesterday.