Thursday, April 16, 2009

Recent garden moths

I ran the 15 actinic treap a few tims in recent weeks but caught nothing. I dusted off the Robinson MVB trap and bingo!

Purple Thorn, Farcet Fen, 5 Apr 09. Caught at light (160w MVB).

Hebrew Character, Farcet Fen, 5 Apr 09. Caught at light (160w MVB).

The Herald, Farcet Fen, 5 Apr 09. Caught at light (160w MVB).

Powdered Quaker, Farcet Fen, 15 Apr 09. Caught at light (160w MVB).
Dotted Border, Farcet Fen, 15 Apr 09. A new species for the garden and last caught in TL29SW in 1992! Caught at light (160w MVB).

Unfortunately my first Streamer eluded me whilst trying to pot it!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Common Cranes! House tick no. 128!

Well, its been some time coming but I knew they would fall in the end. We've had cranes pretty much in residence in the area for at least a year. Two in particular are not infrequently reported from the Nene Washes and Woodwalton Fen. Our house lies pretty much slap between these two large areas and I've been banging on for ages about how they must be flying over the house! Well, at last I've caught them! I was just nipping out to the bins when I saw two shapes in the sky. Immediately recognising they were moving far too slowly for Cormorants, they then banked and even at distance I knew immediately what they were. I dashed in to the kitchen (nearest pair of bins) and once I realised they were heading straight for me, back in to the house, upstairs to the office, grab the camera and hanging out of the bathroom window got a couple of record shots. Grand stuff!