Sunday, 31 August 2008
Least Yellow Underwing.... (c) 2008
Fairly widespread in smallish numbers in Yorkshire and on the wing at the moment.
MILLIONS and MILLIONS of Flying Ants!! (c) 2008
1700 - 2030hr
Calm, 24degC and falling... a very humid afternoon, 8/8 cloudbase much higher than this morning.
Mega Millions of Flying Ants absolutely everywhere and still around even when getting dark!
A very very uncomfortouble evening here. A interesting day flying moth blogging around and feeding on the Ragworts.... see photo above.
Mountain, Queensbury.... HAZE (c) 2008
Linnets on the Move. (c) 2008
0710 - 1230hr
DB / HC
Calm - SSE F1 rising SE F5, 17degC initially, 5.5km, 8/8 2500ft, Dry, QNH 1018 falling.
After yesterdays taste of autumn, a "real do" this morning with not only the birds on the move south and west as the wind picked up but hundreds, yes hundreds of bombus sp, a few migrant moths and even a couple of dragonflies all powering WNW on the wind. Chaffinch were the first movers (must be dispersal at this time of year?) to become apparent with flocks of up to nine powering hard south, just like October! Mipits were few and far between but all were going west with just a few blogging in the sand pits. Linnets were phenominal with a total of 304 counted including a massive flock (thought to be disturbed by a raptor) of 0ver 200 with the majority going south. A loose group of four Tree Pipits passed SW with much "tzee" ing at 1015. a Peregrine powered purposefully south at 1054. A moderate group of Canadas were fresh back and included in the flock were a Barnacle and a Pinkfoot!!! origin doubtfull but nevertheless here!!****. (****Just heard that the first pinkies were back at Martin Mere on 29th August so there is a chance that this bird was part of the first arrival wave!). A total of three Sparrowhawks went west. Later in the morning very large numers of Gulls started appearing very high from the north, many overflew hard south but a few dropped down to the water.... we diddnt start counting the gulls until later so the numbers are an under representation as to the actual magnitude of the move.
Can anyone confirm the id of the Bumblebees from the snaps below.... the two appeared to be mating but there were hundreds on the move. Does anyone know anything about the moves / migrations? of these bees as they were really exciting this morning!
Swallow 109 > S biggest group 55
Chaffinch 31 > S
Linnet 304 > S
Meadow Pipit 14 > W
alba Wagtail 4 > SW
Grey Wagtail 3 > W
Grey Heron 1 > E
Sparrow Hawk 3 > W
Tree Pipit 4 > SW
Wheatear 4 > SW incl at least one showing characteristics of Greenland race.
Peregrine 1 > S
Starling 3 > SE
Snipe 1 > W
LBBGull c457 > S minimum count
BH Gull c670 > S minimum count
Common Gull 6 > S
Sparrowhawk 3 > W
Lapwing 31 > SE
Others of significance:
Canada Goose 46 fresh back
Barnacle Goose with Canadas
Pink footed Goose with Canadas
Common Sand 2
Stonechat 2 (first birds of autumn yesterday but missed off the list!)
Mallard 18 influx
Tufted Duck 2
L to R, DB and HC, the Team this Morning (c) 2008
Mega Move of BH and LBBG > hard South (c) 2008
Giga Move of Bombus sp.... are these White Tailed Bumblebees? (c) 2008
White Tailed Bumblebee ?? (c) 2008
Headless Sparrowhawk..... dohhhhh !!! (c) 2008
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Monday, 25 August 2008
Trawling the web today I came across an image (from a reliable source) of one of the insects on your blog "A Few Oxenhope Insects 25-08-2008". The yellow and black fly in pics 2 and 4 is a Sciarid, also known as a'fungus gnat'. It feeds on decaying organic matter and fungi. It's probably Sciara analis but can't say for certain. Tom.
Many thanks for this Tom, I thought it looked interesting
Yet More Red Admirals.... the only one that I can put a name to
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Common Green Grasshopper at Oxenhope Watchpoint (c) 2008
Many Thanks to Tom for the identification, Dave
Grasshoppers and crickets can be easy to identify provided you get good pics of them. The best id shot is directly from the top (for grasshoppers) and one from the top and one from the side (for crickets). From the marks on the pronotum (behind the head) it appears to be a Common Green Grasshopper.
1738 Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternate) 1
1756 Northern Spinach (Eulithis populate) 2
1759 Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata) 1
2134 Square Spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 5
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 8
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 8
2117 Autumnal Rustic (Paradiarsia glareosa) 3
2176 Antler Moth (Cerapteryx graminis) 2
2198 Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura) 9
We used a 25w Gladiator actinic trap and a couple of actinic laterns.
These are some of the moths we caught.....
Saturday, 23 August 2008
Red Admiral... Several through west this morning (c) 2008
Green Veined White (c) 2008
Small Tortoiseshell.... many about on Ragwort and Thistles (c) 2008
Peacock (c) 2008
Small Skipper (c) 2008
In addition to these there were just a few Common Blues, Meadow Browns and Small Heaths still in evidence.