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

Monday, 20 September 2010


First up, for what it's worth, here's the garden trapping list for last night. Mild with cloud cover should've been good, but there was a strong persistent breeze which pretty much killed it. 72 of 17sp. with the only real highlight as such being the first Blair's Shoulder-knot of the year.

0873 Blastobasis adustella 1
0998 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) 1
1138 Epinotia nisella 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1728 Garden Carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) 3
1764 Common Marbled Carpet (Chloroclysta truncata) 1
1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria) 1
2087 Turnip Moth (Agrotis segetum) 1
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 21
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 28
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 5
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 1
2240 Blair's Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri hesperica) 1
2297 Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea) 1
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 1
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) 3

This afternoon on the way home from work, I decided to have a quick nose into the Soar Valley South Patch. As usual I've ignored it through the summer - I seriously doubt I missed anything, and in any case I generally drop out of even lame birding in the summer. I'm probably too early to see anything of interest on there even now!

A quick look at Grove Park produced, well, nothing. The only remotely interesting birds were all on the balancing pond.

Grove Park

When I say interesting, don't get too excited - they were a female Pochard and a pair of Little Grebes. There was this teneral male Common Blue Damselfly knocking about (thanks Andy). - I presume a teneral but no idea which species.

I then headed into Jubilee Park. Again the pool provided most of the interest with 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 5 Tufted Ducks and 3 Little Grebes keeping the usual Coots, Moorhens, Mallards and Canada Geese company.

Jubilee Park

Best bird though was a Reed Warbler skulking about in the vegetation and grasses along the River Soar. I tried to make it into something rare but my brain and conscience prevented any stringing. Aside from a Great Spotted Woodpecker and more Wrens than you can shake a stick at, it was quiet.

I spotted this thing on a dead willow - in fact there were two on opposite sides of the trunk. Anyone got any ideas?


The Leicester Llama said...

The damselfly is a teneral male Common Blue. Getting very late for any damsels now - this is usually the last species flying.

Skev said...

Thanks Andy - I was certainly surprised to find a teneral at this time of year.