Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Raining in My Heart - Buddy Holly

Appalling overnight weather heralded Tuesday, with heavy rain that barely stopped all night, while the only three things of any note during the day were continuing rain showers, the first noticeable Autumnal chill and a couple of items from the Moth Traps. To the casual observer the first 2 images may seem like the same species of Moth, but far from it as the first is
RED UNDERWING
and the other
CLIFDEN NONPAREIL
both of which were lifted from the same trap yesterday morning.
Closer inspection of the 'underwing' shows a sharply contrasting difference
in addition to which the
Red Underwing is a relatively common species
while the CN is described as a "very scarce migrant/wanderer and
probable rare resident".
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Footage on release in unfavourable conditions.
This was our second capture this year and the third for the
Recording Area.
NO FURTHER FIELD OBSERVATIONS WERE MADE THAT DAY!
Wednesday (today) was a great deal more clement and arrived with
a couple of additions to the
Moth Year List.
 CYPRESS PUG
and
BROWN-SPOT PINION
others included
 WILLOW BEAUTY
PEARLY UNDERWING
COMMON WAINSCOT
 FLAME SHOULDER
SILVER Y
to name but a few with the picture looking far better up at the
IRRIGATION POND
where this
MUTE SWAN
was a new arrival.
Also there, but at great distance were
GREEN SANDPIPER
along with
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GREY WAGTAIL
and occasionally a combination of the two,
but neither seemed to want to
get any closer.
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'Scouting'
BLACK-HEADED GULLS
Along the main bridleway
this
STONECHAT
was overlooking the wayside
GORSE
covered in Spider Webs to which was clinging the morning dew.
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STONECHAT
preening
A most unwelcome (now) resident Plant
HIMALAYAN BALSAM
but little else.
On no more than a whim,
a second visit was paid to the Irrigation Pond,
on our homeward journey, where the
GREEN SANDPIPER
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was being just slightly more cooperative.
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PIED WAGTAIL
BY AND LARGE ANOTHER VERY QUIET DAY!
It is gratifying to note that with the exception of what might be described as the 'uninhabited continent' (Antarctica), all the other 6 are represented on today's Stat Counter!
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United Kingdom
386
United States
373
Germany
161
France
16
Canada
12
New Zealand
8
Argentina
6
Philippines
6
Kenya
5
Ukraine
5