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  1. prhodes

    John's Mammals 2022

    My word, I'd be delighted to have a Yellow-necked problem! After all of these decades of wildlife spotting still never knowingly seen one. Attended quite a few small mammal trapping events before the pandemic without any luck I guess.
  2. prhodes

    aesculapian snake Regent's canal

    After I'd been there a while a guy arrived who'd been studying the snakes for years. He promptly found a fourth individual. Apparently there is some concern that at least some of them had been displaced by the works around the aviary, and changes to the drainage - so possible more visible at the...
  3. prhodes

    aesculapian snake Regent's canal

    At last some success. Three Aesculapian Snakes along Regent's Canal today, near to the old Snowdon Avery (which is now being redeveloped). I say at last, because I've looked many times without success, usually when on work trips to London and often at times that weren't ideal. This morning was...
  4. prhodes

    John's Mammals 2022

    We finally enjoyed a weekend trip to Vienna. The mammal targets were European Hamster and European Souslik. They really couldn't be easier. After arriving in the city (Austrian Airways on time with no problems) we caught the train from the airport to our budget hotel (Ibis a few hundred yards...
  5. prhodes

    John's Mammals 2022

    Yes, I'd forgotten about the hamster Covid link in Hong Kong. Doubt and hope the euthanize the hamsters hysteria made it to Austria. I'll report back if we go.
  6. prhodes

    John's Mammals 2022

    We were re-considering booking a trip to see the European Hamster and Souslik, around Vienna. Has anyone heard how the the populations are doing during the last couple of unusual years? Was thinking of early June if anyone else interested, and assuming the Covid rules continue to become easier...
  7. prhodes

    August Moths

    Surprisingly good last night despite chilly northerly. 27 species but nearly all regulars (those heading up the Norfolk Moths top 40). First Light Emerald and Lime-speck Pug for a while.
  8. prhodes

    Odd bird in South London Garden

    Thanks guys
  9. prhodes

    Odd bird in South London Garden

    Possibly a leucistic Magpie but any other ideas welcome.
  10. prhodes

    August Moths

    May have to take break as the cat has taken to chasing the Jersey Tigers around the garden. However, when caught they seem to play dead and survive, but feel I've still got a duty of care for them.
  11. prhodes

    August Moths

    Amongst the regulars, an apparently rather late Knot Grass? (happy to be corrected on ID on these greyish complex pattern moths). 23 species last night despite the small trap being 'half covered' in JTs at one point.
  12. prhodes

    August Moths

    That's true Ken, I've noticed we get a similar selection of species. In my case though, less than those that live further out where there's less light pollution I guess. Still good little hobby though.
  13. prhodes

    August Moths

    Jersey Tigers joined by two Garden Tigers last night. Always a very welcome sight.
  14. prhodes

    August Moths

    Last two nights at about twenty species, including Jersey Tigers (loads Thursday night in particularly) . I usually let at least some of them out, to avoid them them harming each other or the other moths. A single Gypsy Moth and single Oak Processionary, I think of as London moths .
  15. prhodes

    Edible dormice Wendover

    I'm not really adding much to what's already been said, but don't think I've ever failed to see them. One evening I took my two young nephews (as they were at the time) out in Wendover Woods at night, and they loved the experience spotting them with their torches.
  16. prhodes

    July Moths

    Back amongst the egg boxes again after flies around the pond die back. Not a bad night, with 20 species including first Jersey Tigers of the year in the trap, and my first Scalloped Hook-tip.
  17. prhodes

    July Moths

    We have a swarm of Semaphore Flies on our small garden pond at the moment so I feel inclined stop to mothing, just in case it's not helping. The pond seems in good heath with clear water and newts/frogs/damselflies, but I feel for the neighbours with so many flies. Anyone else had this problem?
  18. prhodes

    July Moths

    Just a couple NFY last night including Dunbar and Beautiful Hook-tip.
  19. prhodes

    June Moths

    Modest numbers of the regulars for this small London garden, but they did include a Barred Straw, which I can't remember seeing before. Odd, fragile looking little moth.
  20. prhodes

    June Moths

    Oops
  21. prhodes

    June Moths

    New for year Flame Shoulder, Light Emerald and (I think) Cyprus Carpet. Perhaps a bit of London moth this
  22. prhodes

    June Moths

    15 sp. of macro moth, so was a good night by my modest standards. Lime Hawkmoth, Poplar Grey and Common Marbled Carpet were new for year
  23. prhodes

    June Moths

    Usual, plus Puss Moth found near the trap this morning. Apologies for gatecrashing your ID thread guys.
  24. prhodes

    Unknown, Farnborough, Hampshire: morning of 3 June 2021

    Sorry chaps, meant to put my Puss Moth on 'June Moths'.
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