Mothing ~ 19/20th July 2015 ~ 

I have very kindly been lent a moth trap and so last night the forecast looked pretty good - low wind, no rain and fairly warm, so I decided to put the trap out in my garden and see what happened!

This morning (20th) I got up at 6am to go and cover the trap so that any moths in the trap couldn't escape and then i went back to bed for a few hours before getting up again to go through the trap.

To my surprise there were quite a few moths in the trap and there seemed to be quite a variety of species too which is always good! I also noticed that there were some Elephant Hawkmoths in the trap which was awesome as they are a species I've really wanted to see for quite a while and they really do not disappoint!

Anyway, I won't bore you with any more writing, so here are some pictures of the moth I caught. Many thanks to all who helped me with id'ing them yesterday - I very much appreciate it!!

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata)
Common Footman (Eilema lurideola)
Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)
The Flame (Axylia putris)
Mottled Beauty (Alcis repandata)
Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata)
Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina)
Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae)
Crambus pascuella
September Thorn (Ennomos erosaria)
Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthina)
Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum)
Euzophera pinguis
Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila elpenor)
Blastobasis adustella 
Eudonia mercurella
Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) 
Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)

Chrysoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass Veneer)
Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides) 
Celypha striana
Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata)
Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)
Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lutea)
Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata) 
Endotrichia flammealis
Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata) 
Ancylis achatana
Scoparia ambigualis
Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria) 
Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)
Scallop Shell (Hydria undulata)

Skomer Island ~ 4th - 11th July 2015 ~


I'm having a super time on Skomer Island and I can't believe tomorrow is my last full day!!

Last night (1.30am this morning - 9/07/15) I ringed 10 Manx Shearwaters and my first ever Puffin. I then got up at 4am to help with CES. 

After CES I had an awesome time scaling the cliffs in search of auk chicks (found and ringed 2 Razorbill chicks) and I've just got in from a session of sticking my arm down burrows and finding and ringing Puffins!!! 

I did a number of chicks and got to colour ring an adult too which was tricky but really cool! 

All in all a tiring but absolutely awesome day and tomorrow we go in search of more Lesser Black-backed Gulls!

Juvenile Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Stunning sunrise

Beautiful scenery

Juvenile Razorbill (Alca torda)

Stunning scenery and steep cliffs!

Just fantastic!



Adult Puffin (Fratercula arctia)

Loads of Puffins!!

30 Days Wild - Day 29

 30 Days Wild - Day 29 ~ 29th June 2015 ~

I had a fairly wild day today: I spent a wonderful few hours this morning exploring my patch with my mum and our dog, then instead of sitting inside at home I sat outside in the garden and spotted some cool species and this evening I took our dog for a walk round our local meadow which is always a nice way to round off the day.

On patch the highlights were definitely hearing a male Nightjar churring which totally confused me at first considering they're normally crepuscular creatures. But I wasn't mistaken because it churred on 3 occasions and I then flushed it when I went to investigate. I think I'll be back soon to see if there's a nest nearby or if it's even still in that area. I also saw (and heard) loads of Sylvia warblers, namely Dartfords and Whitethroats, but plenty of skulking Blackcaps and Garden Warblers too. In addition to this there were plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers around obviously with nests hidden away nearby. Other species that I saw on my wanderings included my first Marbled White of the year, Silver-washed Fritillary (I think), Silver-studded Blue and a large dragonfly that flew past me way too quick for me to identify it.

In our garden, though it's not very big, on a sunny and warm day it is lovely to just sit with your eyes closed for a while and listen. I heard loads of House Martins and watched their aerobatic acrobats for a long time too as they wheeled around in the air above me. I also heard a Buzzard calling somewhere in the distance, heard lots of bees buzzing and saw a few butterflies as well.

Here are some photos from today with a little description for each:

Panorama of 'West End' which is one of my favourite parts of my patch.
Saw some juvenile Dartford Warblers here so that's another pair
I didn't know about - they seem to have had a good year!
Burnet moth
Silver-studded Blue butterfly
(Plebejus argus)
A feather I found but I'm not sure what it's from - Pheasant I think.
Foxglove Pug
(Eupithecia pulchellata)
on the wall by our front door.
Hawthorn Shieldbug
(Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)
on our back door.