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  1. J

    Swifts arrived in my birdbox but just sleep there at night..no nest?

    These will be a pair of young adults prospecting for a nest site and pair bonding. They may use the box for a few nights or several and probably mate in the box too. They will not be breeding or nest building this year, but maybe next. If you haven't already got a shaped nest cup in the box it...
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    The annual 'whose got Swifts' thread

    We spent last week on the Suffolk coast and there were plenty there feeding over the reedbeds. At home the pair in the next box have added a lot of feathers to the nest. When it rains they rarely leave the nest box. Just stay put until it stops.
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    The annual 'whose got Swifts' thread

    Saw a couple at Redgrave and Lopham Fen on the 28th and another at North Point Pools, Wells Next the Sea yesterday. At home the first one arrived at 1155am on the 4th, it was wet and very windy and the bird did three circuits of the garden before entering the nest box with a camera fitted. It...
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    April Moths 2021

    I let my trap run until 4:30, it was a little damp by then and a lot colder. Covered the trap and went back to bed. By 7:45 it was snowing so I checked the trap contents indoors. Small Quaker 7, Common Quaker 5, Early Grey 2, Brindled Beauty 2, Hebrew Character 3, Clouded Drab 2, Oak Beauty 1...
  5. J

    March Moths (or moths in March) 2021

    I've only had one, that was July 2013. I hope to see another one day, any day will do.
  6. J

    March Moths (or moths in March) 2021

    Pine Beauty really is Beautiful, always nice to get a new one. Last night here was warmer but it ended windy. I got more moths but less variety and less quality. Nothing new for year. Common Quaker 28 Small Quaker 25 Double-striped Pug 3 Early Grey 2 Hebrew Character 5 Early Thorn Clouded Drab...
  7. J

    March Moths (or moths in March) 2021

    27/3 A windy night, trapped close to the house for some shelter. Hebrew Character 1 Common Quaker 3 Early Grey 1 Clouded Drab 1 Chestnut 1 Last Night 30/3 Much better for some warmer weather. Hebrew Character 10 Early Grey 4 Common and Small Quaker 15 of each. Clouded Drab 2 Small Eggar 1 NFG...
  8. J

    March Moths (or moths in March) 2021

    We were promised a warmer night last night but we got 1°. Nothing new but over 40 moths for the first time this year. Small Quaker 15, Common Quaker 6, Twin-spotted Quaker 6, Hebrew Character 6, Clouded Drab 4, Early Grey 3, March Moth and Oak Beauty 1 of each. The only Micro was another...
  9. J

    March Moths (or moths in March) 2021

    I've only trapped three times this month. I don't bother when it stays cold, just one night when the temperature stayed above 5°. Moths so far, 1/3 A Many-plumed Moth on the window. 9/3 Small Quaker 6 Oak Beauty 2...
  10. J

    February Moths 2021

    Windy again and raining this morning at 6:30 when I closed down. 6 March Moth and a Sring Usher outside the trap. Inside were 2 Chestnut, Common and Small Quaker, Dotted Chestnut and 2 Tortricodes alternella NFG.
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    February Moths 2021

    11/2 Agonopterix alstromeriana 15/2 Agonopterix heracliana 21/2 White-shouldered House Moth All the above found indoors on windows. Last night in the trap March Moth 2 Chestnut Hebrew Character 3 Very windy last night and down to 6 degrees, I was surprised to get as many. Much the same...
  12. J

    February Moths 2021

    Much colder than the forecast last night but still worth trying.This mornings catch, Oak Beauty, Dark Chestnut, Spring Usher and 3 Pale Brindled Beauties.
  13. J

    January Moths 2021

    I put the trap out for my first attempt last night. Before bed I'd got 3 Pale Brindled Beauties and a Winter Moth, all outside the trap. This morning a Chestnut and a Common Quaker inside the trap was all there was.
  14. J

    Bird species seen just the once in your yard/garden.

    It perched on a dead branch at the top of our large Horse Chestnut Tree. It had coloured rings on one leg and I couldn't find any recording schemes for colour ringed Black kites at the time, May 2016. There had also been several reports not too far away in the Breckland area of Nofrolk of an...
  15. J

    Bird species seen just the once in your yard/garden.

    In 42 years I've had Redstart, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethoroat, Ring Ouzel, Green Sandpiper flushed from the ditch at the end of the garden when all the still water was frozen, and Black Kite. The latter almost certainly an escaped bird. Redstart from 2006, the rest all since my retirement...
  16. J

    Last butterfly of 2020

    Sunny 8° here today, warm enough for a Peacock to sun bathe in the garden.
  17. J

    December Moths

    I ran my trap last night, there was a little rain and it was colder than the forecast said. I got one Winter Moth and three December Moths. Back on the 6th I added Agonopterix heracliana to my year list, found it in the log store.
  18. J

    November Moths

    Five sessions to catch up with here, the first on the 12th. 10 moths, December Moth 3, Feathered Thorn, Black Rustic, Scarce Umber (NFG), Nov, Moth agg 2, Chestnut and a Rusty Dot Pearl. 16th 8 moths, Mottled Umber, December Moth 2, Yellow-line Quaker, Chestnut 2, November moth agg and a Common...
  19. J

    November Moths

    Just 9 moths this morning, 4 in the trap. Dark Chestnut 2 NFY, December Moth 2, Yellow-line Quaker 3, Brick and Chestnut. Two micros found indoors the last couple of days. Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown House Moth) and Agonopterix arenella. Only a few missing from Norfolk Moths flying in...
  20. J

    Joint BF Lockdown Listing - Autumn 2020

    I've had Greenfinch in the garden yesterday and today.
  21. J

    November Moths

    Last night started misty and finished raining, at least it was warmer, 10C the lowest and that was early evening. 29 moths caught but 1 micro escaped. 7 December Moths, 3 Yellow-line Quaker, 2 Feathered Thorn, 3 Sprawler, 2 Mottled Umber (NFG), 3 Brick, 2 Red-green Carpet, 1 each of Streak...
  22. J

    November Moths

    Following 4 nights with ground frost, last night was warmer, low of 7.6C here. I got a decent catch of 16 moths. December Moth 3 NFY Yellow-line Quaker 2 Red-green Carpet 3 November Moth agg 1 Sprawler 1 Grey Shoulder-knot 1 NFY Green-brindled Crescent 1 Satellite 1 NFG Beaded Chestnut 1 Two...
  23. J

    November Moths

    I ran my trap last night, positioned under some trees to get shelter from the wind. Total catch was 3 yellow-line quakers, and 2 each of Sprawler and Green-brindled Crescent. I won't be trapping again until the weekend now as we have frost forecast for the next few nights.
  24. J

    October Moths

    Warm here last night too but also wet and windy. I ended October with 21 Moths but nothing new. November Moth agg, Sprawler, Brindled Green 2, Black Rustic 3, Beaded Chestnut 4, Brick 2, Barred Sallow 2, Brown-spot Pinion, Large and Lesser Yellow Underwing, Yellow-line Quaker 2, and a...
  25. J

    October Moths

    Sounds as if I was lucky last night. Temperature was below 6C last night but not until 4am. I got 34 moths of 12 species. Black Rustic 6 Beaded Chestnut 5 Yellow-line Quaker 5 Green-brindled Crescent 4 November Moth agg 3 Feathered Thorn 3 NFY Merveille du Jour 2 one in the trap for once...
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