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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 06:55   #101
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 09:29   #102
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Last night I had two moths, my earliest ever Flame Carpet, by a whole month and the first Bright-line Brown-eye of the year. The previous night I had nothing and looking at Steve's catch as he is fairly close to me, as with all things, the South seems more prosperous
I might be getting a few more as I'm able to run a 125W MV trap without any neighbours to bother. I'm guessing a lot of people are using actinic lamps.

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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 10:07   #103
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Some photos from Saturday morning, Scalloped Hazel, Eyed Hawk-moth, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Green Carpet and White Ermine.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 14:57   #104
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From today's walk, I reckon Common Carpet.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 17:33   #105
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An interesting trap this morning though the only new moth was what I gather is best called Marbled Minor agg.

15 moths of 10 species including one each of both Lime and Poplar Hawk-moth, peak was 3 each of Treble Lines and Heart and Dart.

Then I dashed out for a proper day birding and wildlife watching which included a Nightjar in-off at Selsey Bill (my first migrating Nightjar ever) Little Tern, Hobby and some common warblers; then Common Clubtail at Fittleworth and a bunch of Variable Damselflies at Burton Mill Pond. All socially distanced but nice to see some other birders F2F.

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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 18:19   #106
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An interesting trap this morning though the only new moth was what I gather is best called Marbled Minor agg.

15 moths of 10 species including one each of both Lime and Poplar Hawk-moth, peak was 3 each of Treble Lines and Heart and Dart.

Then I dashed out for a proper day birding and wildlife watching which included a Nightjar in-off at Selsey Bill (my first migrating Nightjar ever) Little Tern, Hobby and some common warblers; then Common Clubtail at Fittleworth and a bunch of Variable Damselflies at Burton Mill Pond. All socially distanced but nice to see some other birders F2F.

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Interesting that they're day time migrants?
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Interesting that they're day time migrants?
Yes: I'm not sure how wide the Channel is opposite Selsey but assuming the bird can maintain about 25mph I'm sure it must have crossed it entirely in daylight as it came through between 0830 and 0900 (when I gave up because the seawatching was dead). It was low down, as well, not far above the waves.

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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 19:40   #108
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And I, for one, have certainly missed your photos. Great stuff, as usual, Paul.
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Interesting that they're day time migrants?
In Bulgaria in May 2016, I had one 'in off' that pitched and I photographed and two on a seawatch the same day. The only time that I have witnessed Nightjar migration.

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Oh man, the bill on that thing...!
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In Bulgaria in May 2016, I had one 'in off' that pitched and I photographed and two on a seawatch the same day. The only time that I have witnessed Nightjar migration.

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Last night I had three moths total, Pale Tussock which beat my earliest ever by two days, Siver Y and Common Marbled Carpet, the latter, an elmost entirely black one which is regular here.
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In Bulgaria in May 2016, I had one 'in off' that pitched and I photographed and two on a seawatch the same day. The only time that I have witnessed Nightjar migration.

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It occurred to me rather too late yesterday that I should have jumped up and run round the corner to see if the bird pitched on arrival... oh well!

Lovely pic Paul.

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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 14:10   #113
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A warmer night last night, 52 Macros and 6 Micros with 32 and 5 species. Double -striped Pug and Seraphim were NFG, Pebble Hook-tip, Heart and Dart,Lychnis, Cinnabar, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Poplar Grey NFY. From the micros Small Magpie was NFY and Depressaria radiella, Phtheochoa rugosana and Nephopterix augustella NFG.
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It was indeed warmer last night and 29 moths of 14 species (micros represented only by 2 Small Magpies) voted for moth trap diving to celebrate.

Peak numbers by a country mile were 11 Heart and Darts, yet another Poplar Hawk-moth lurked under the egg boxes but honours were taken by the Grey Birch that was moth tick number 14 this year.

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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 16:05   #115
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Last night I had three moths total, Pale Tussock which beat my earliest ever by two days, Siver Y and Common Marbled Carpet, the latter, an elmost entirely black one which is regular here.
At least my garden is better than someone else's - everybody on our local moth group always gets more than me.

Last night was quality rather than quantity but I still got 22 moths of 14 species, with Pine Hawk-moth, Gold Spot, Vine's Rustic and Herald all NFY macros plus three NFY micros including the pine specialist Rhyacionia pinivorona.

Odd that I got two pine moths with no pines anywhere near me.

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Old Tuesday 19th May 2020, 07:18   #116
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Sunday/Monday night produced 33 moths of 15 species. Highlights were Small Elephant HM, Coxcomb Prom, Rustic Shoulder-knot and Notocelia trimaculana as garden ticks. Also ran - Nutmeg, Shears, Red Twin-spot Carpet and lots of the usual suspects. I have always tried to do them before going to bed but that has reached the point where going to work has won out, so bed at 02:00, and I have to fridge a lot of them. I think 70% went in the fridge last night for later.
On a walk earlier in the month I netted a Lampronia morosa that has just come back as the third county record which is pleasing for a novice moth-er.
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Old Tuesday 19th May 2020, 07:54   #117
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I ran my trap last night for the first time for ages - only till midnight. Not surprisingly, all species were NFY:
burnt umber
brimstone
angle shades
light emerald
willow beauty
green carpet
flame shoulder.
I'm rusty - do any of those sound improbable for mid-May? (I'm in Surrey.)
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Old Tuesday 19th May 2020, 08:02   #118
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just a single Chocolate-tip in my 15w UV pot on Sunday night (my 2nd ever), and again last night a single Toadflax Brocade. A lifer for me, assume they are increasing in the London area?

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Think Burnt Umber is a paint colour and not a moth.

Toadflax Brocade is certainly increasing around Herts. I've had a couple and a friend gets lots in his garden trap now.
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Lower numbers last night - 17 moths total - but three NFY for the garden from 9 spp: Fan-foot, Cinnabar and Light Brocade. Peak moth was Heart and Dart again but with only 6 individuals. Hoping for a good total tonight!

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Hoping for a good total tonight!

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Yes, the temperature here is supposed to stay above 12C all night.

Another modest catch for me this morning, with just Treble Lines and HCLM new for the year amongst 20 moths of 13 species.

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Think Burnt Umber is a paint colour and not a moth.

Toadflax Brocade is certainly increasing around Herts. I've had a couple and a friend gets lots in his garden trap now.
I said I was rusty... for burnt umber read scorced wing
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Last night was chilly with an unpleasant, blustery wind, one, single, solitary moth, Garden Carpet.

The wind, is more fatal to your chances than the temperature in my experiece.
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A nice afternoon stroll in lovely sunny weather yielded up two day-flying moth ticks this afternoon - Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton.
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Think Burnt Umber is a paint colour and not a moth.

Toadflax Brocade is certainly increasing around Herts. I've had a couple and a friend gets lots in his garden trap now.
Ok will cross it off my “rare” list then.

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