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

Monday, 15 April 2013


Pinion that is, not Owl.

Ran two garden traps last night and struck gold in the MV. Only the second for the garden (first was Sep. 2006) and whereas Pale Pinion and Grey Shoulder-knot have dramatically increased, Tawny Pinion is still a relatively scarce species in VC55.

Tawny Pinion

The rest of the catch was a bit underwhelming, but maybe not surprising as although the temp was good it was very windy. A singing Willow Warbler on the scrubby embankment adjacent to the garden was a nice backdrop whilst I emptied the traps.

1 x 125W MV trap (18 of 6sp.) and 1 x 80W/11W Actinic/CFL combo trap (13 of 4sp.)
Operated dusk - dawn

0688  Agonopterix heracliana  1
1524  Emmelina monodactyla  1
2187  Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)  11
2188  Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)  9
2190  Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)  5
2235  Tawny Pinion (Lithophane semibrunnea)  1 (NFY)
2243  Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)  3


Broom Birder said...

Well done mate- a proper rare there.

Skev said...

Thanks Matt - just good to be catching a few again to be honest, though the odd rare does keep the enthusiasm up!