Tuesday, 4 October 2011

More mothy migrants

So whilst the team is leaping up and down to the window every few minutes to try and catch a glimpse of the Yellow-browed Warbler which still seems to be in the garden, or patrolling the lengths of the lonnens in the hope of a Wryneck or Red-breasted Fly, I've been finding migrants in a much more laid-back fashion.

I've set an MV Skinner each night we've been here, and amongst the plethora of attractive Red-line Quakers, I struck (rather modest admittedly) migrant gold. A Dark Sword-grass was a welcome addition to our moth list amongst commoner migrants such as Silver Y.
Dark Sword-grass
Also present in the trap were some striking Canary-shouldered Thorns, a dashing Green-brindled Crescent, a sprinkling of Lunar Underwings, some surely unseasonable Angle Shades and this rather winsome pair - Large and Small Wainscot. It certainly makes a change from the usual London fodder of Tree-lichen Beauties and Square-spot Rustics. 
Large and Small Wainscots
One of the up-sides of getting up relatively early to turn off the trap is witnessing the first fringes of dawn over the castle. I have to report I did go back to bed. 

1 comment:

alan tilmouth said...

The Green-brindled Crescent is worth sending in hasn't been recorded on Holy Island in last 10 years by looks of the Northumberland site.

Angle Shades is relatively common up here in October (1781 records).