Sunday, August 08, 2010

Trapping and ringing

Today we combined bird ringing with moth trapping. The moths went first, with the trap left on overnight. I got up early and blocked up their escape routes, then went back to bed. Next, Del and Jacqui came round and we put up a couple of nets to catch some birds. 

Conditions were really a bit too breezy to be much good, but we caught
  • Great Tit, 14 - all juveniles
  • Blue Tit, 4
  • Greenfinch, 4 (3 juvs, 1 adult male)
  • Dunnock, 3
and three Swallow nestlings

Swallow nestling
Baby Swallow
Inbetween net rounds we went through the moth catch (it didn't take long - only c60 moths of 25 species).

The Olive
The Olive - first for the garden
Yellow Shell
Yellow Shell

Flame Shoulder
Flame Shoulder

Bordered Pug
Bordered Pug - another first for the garden

Not much of a moth list today.

  • Mother of Pearl, 13
  • Common Rustic/Lesser Common Rustic, 7
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character, 6
  • Willow Beauty, 5
  • Cloaked Minor, 4
  • Dark Arches, 3
  • Flame Shoulder, 3
  • Dusky Sallow, 2
  • Lime-speck Pug, 2
  • Straw Underwing, 2
and
  • Bordered Pug
  • Cabbage Moth
  • Common Wainscot
  • Dingy Footman
  • Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
  • Oak Hook-tip
  • Pale Prominent
  • Purple Bar
  • Rosy Rustic
  • Silver Y
  • Small Magpie Moth
  • The Drinker
  • The Olive
  • The Spectacle
  • Yellow Shell
photos taken with Canon Powershot A640