Saturday, 31 July 2010

a couple of minors

left - rosy; right - cloaked

Thursday, 29 July 2010

not much

it's a mud thing

Great u.s. moths - a bloody sight better than what I'm catching at the moment so you'll have to make do with a Scalloped Oak.

Moths, Wesport mass. - June 15th

As promised but a little late here are the results of my one nights mothing this year. So very frustrating given the bumper crop of Flamboro's haul! Nice work old boy. And where did that adorable photograph of you and Mark on the plane go?

Moths - 2

Moths - 3

Moths - 4

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

in a galaxy far, far away

the local patch isn't on fire presently, although in a literal sense I almost wish it was. It being 60% water and not in BP's portfolio, this remains unlikely. But just to make myself feel better about hammering modest local sites deep in urban London, and how things can only get better now July is finally shuffling off, here's a Stone-curlew from August 2007.

A great bird in any context; a truly great bird when discovered in the small field behind Lea Valley Riding Centre while walking dogs with a friend, hiding behind the only weed in the whole field, in the only field in about ten thousand square kilometres of concrete.

Probably the only London record that year (including those huge expanses of open country and gargantuan reserves on the fringes), and photographed using my then-famous 'digibin-handshake' technique, much copied but never bettered. Better than finding a Pallas's at Flamborough and responsible for an out-of-body experience.

Sunday, 25 July 2010


Northern Eggar

Muslin Footman

Monthly foray to Troutsdale was again entertaining with over 60 macro species caught plus nearly 20 species of micro. Pride of place go to the above 2 which are at opposite ends of the size scale.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Thursday, 22 July 2010

5 more from up norf.

single-dotted wave
scarce silver-lines


dot moth

clay - (thought this was white-point at first, but sadly not).