Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Stonesby Quarry - 20/06/2008

Me and Adrian Russell ventured out to Stonesby Quarry last night for a short mothing session. First time I've been to this LRWT reserve - looks very good and reminded me very much of Brown's Hill Quarry. It was already starting to get dusky as we arrived though so no chance to check for orchids although we found a single Pyramidal after dark. Nothing too exciting on the moth front as it turned cold by midnight (although we had expected a deluge so at least we got some records in for the site). There are still a few micros to sort out and the list to be compiled so I'll update on that in another post. Perhaps of more interest was finding glow-worms - always excellent to see. Would have been even better if I'd remembered my camera! A lolloping badger and at least 3 foxes on the way home, along with a couple of Little Owls on the way there, completed the wildlife interest for the night.

6 comments:

Earl Gray or Dave for short! said...

Hi Mark again,Stonesby Quarry is probably the best place in Leicestershire for Pyramidal Orchid.I had a count of over 500+ plants a couple of years ago.

thorntonmothman said...

Shouldn't that read Adrian Russell and I ?..................Belting Clearwing pics

Skev said...

Russ - almost certainly. I tend to type as I would speak, and I would never in a month of Sundays say 'xyz and I'.
Now look what I've done, I've put a bloody comma before and. And I've started a sentance with and. Bugger.
Glad you like the Hornet Moth shot - still can't get over what a superb moth it is.

John Hague said...

Greetings from Canada, let me know where the Hornet Moth was, I'd love to see that. Will they still be around in 3 weeks?

thorntonmothman said...

My experience of Clearwings generally is pretty much nil but they are an enigmatic bunch that's for sure abd that one in particular.....

Skev said...

John - they probably won't still be emerging in 3 weeks but not impossible. Give me a bell when you are back in the UK.