Saturday, 5 April 2008

Two new for the year

Today was mainly a family day, with a visit from Simon, Rocio and the youngest of the family, Sam. Before they arrived I had a couple of hours out and about. The main feature was the passage of Siskins that continued to pass through in good numbers, along with smaller numbers of other finches.
A re-acquaintance with a Willow Warbler was a welcome re-affirmation that all was moving in the right direction. Unfortunately it didn't hang around long and didn't sing, but at least it had managed to arrive in the first week of April. I always feel as if something is wrong if they leave it any longer.
Before going to the monument I did the moth traps. A slight improvement with the highest count so far this year and a new species for 2008, two Twin-spot Quakers. These aren't particularly stunning, and are quite common but it's good to see one, even if it is the latest date that one has appeared here since I've been mothing systematically.
Today's list:
March Moth1
Early Thorn 1
Common Quaker 5
Clouded Drab 4
Twin-spotted Quaker 2
Hebrew Character 3
Pale Pinion 1.

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