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

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Early Moth

Today was one of those days where it looked quite nice out, a bit of sun and dry, but standing on the touchline this afternoon whilst Josh kicked a bag of wind about with the Cosby team it was bloody freezing cold. All the more surprising then that the first garden macro for 2015 appeared to a lit window this evening - and for the third year on the trot it was an Early Moth.


Broom Birder said...

Hi Mark,

I haven't seen these in the garden since 2011. Though they are fairly common locally. They seem to prefer Blackthorn to Hawthorn, so I take it there is some nearby?

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Skev said...

I've had it annually now since 2011 (but a late one in 2012 scuppered the first for the year series). 2011 was also the only year so far when I've recorded more than one (with four taken). Prior to that, just singles in 2002, 2005 & 2006. There is blackthorn around here, but the odd pattern of records suggests that maybe it doesn't wander too far and that it must have moved in very close to garden now. Conditions last night far from perfect - clear and very cold.