Monthly Archives: August 2014


B2B or back to birds and back to Old Moor RSPB to do it the waders are coming back thru so I decided on a change for this weekend leave the trap alone and catch up on some birding.

Bittern hide was the first port of call for the reported Kingfishers that were showing well , the hide was full needless to say, and within ten minutes of waiting one kingfisher gave good views and a few people got good photos, i didn’t. We waited an hour the bird reappeared to our left this time due to people leaving I was in a good place, it stayed in the reeds for a good ten minutes, needless to say at a distance, then took off flying out of sight, no landing on  the post this time, so we left.

After leaving the hide we caught up with an easier photogenic creature Dragonflies, there were Ruddy and Common Darters along with Migrant Hawker which unlike the Kingfisher gave us some wonderful poses, great models.

We walked then down to Wath Ings hide taking photos of the Darters as we went, on arriving at the Wath Ings hide we soon caught sight of a few wader species Black tailed Godwits, Dunlin (3), Green Sandpiper (5), Spotted Redshank (5), and Ruff (2) and along with the waders Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black headed Gulls, Little Grebe, Starlings

We then walked back to the wader scrape hide and its whilst doing so I found a Female Common Blue Butterfly a well-worn individual but a first it was, and a long side the Argus a Common Blue Butterfly so a good comparison was made. Other butterflies for the day were there Speckled Wood these were seen in various places around the reserve and a Comma along Green Lane, eventually from the hide a nice surprise was seeing a Pintail. 

The family hide is where we saw plenty of Sand Martin and a Common Sandpiper, a couple of Stock Dove, plenty of Linnets. In at the bird garden Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 

Species list fot the day :-

Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pintail, Grey Heron, Blackbird, Starling, Linnet, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Magpie, Sand Martin, Spotted Redshank, Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Lapwing, Black headed Gull, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Cormorant, BROWN ARGUS Butterfly, Common Blue Butterfly, Comma Butterfly, Speckled Wood Butterfly, Azure Damselfly, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter

Common Blue Butterfly (♀)

Brown Argus

One of the many Common Darters

Common Darter

Ruddy Darter

Ruddy Darter

More Moths

I must admit I’ve got behind due to life getting in the way and me having too much to do at this time of year, so this entry will be a two night moth night with last week’s towards the end. The weather forecast for the weekend of the 15th wasn’t looking good only plausible night would be Friday into Saturday; I was going to be up early anyway due to the Rutland Water Birdfair so an extra hour would be okay. The before bed check didn’t hold any surprises this week with only Light Brown Apple Moths and Large Yellow Underwings taking to the light so far, unlike last week’s Orange Swift (0015). The early morning check at 6am (getting later now as we roll in to the Autum/Winter months) however did bring another new species for the garden, this time a micro moth called Udea lutealis (1388), and a worn one it was too. After the count we headed off the Birdfair where we met our hosts for this year’s holidays (watch this space) and also saw my first Deaths Head Hawkmoth (captive reared) on the Butterfly Conservation stand along with some caught moths from the previous night, Black Arches, Jersey Tiger and an old favourite Canary shouldered Thorn which I caught last year back in Dorset, here’s my list from the 15th

  1. Common Marbled Carpet – 1764 (1)
  2. Common Rustic agg (3)
  3. Dark Arches – 2321 (1)
  4. Large Yellow Underwing – 2107 (11)
  5. Lesser Yellow Underwing – 2112 (1)
  6. Light Brown Apple Moth – 998 (3)
  7. Middle barred Minor – 2340 (1)
  8. Pug Sp (3)
  9. Udea lutealis – 1388 (1)
  10. Willow Beauty – 1937 (1)

And the list from the 8th with Orange Swift being new to the garden

  1. Cabbage Moth – 2154 (1)
  2. Clay – 2193 (1)
  3. Common Rustic agg (3)
  4. Dark Arches – 2321 (1)
  5. Large Yellow Underwing – 2107 (6)
  6. Lesser Broad bordered Yellow Underwing – 2111 (1)
  7. Marbled Beauty – 2293 (1)
  8. Orange Swift – 0015 (1)

Udea lutealis

Udea lutealis

Orange Swift

Orange Swift

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

The Deaths Head Hawkmoth

Moth Night

Another night with the trap firmly planted in the back garden, forecast was good for Sunday into Monday which I didn’t want to do  due to work, I like doing the Friday in to Saturday but due to rain moving in for Friday/Saturday nights Sunday was the option, however this changed so it was a Saturday into Sunday, 3 new moths species for the garden (Definatly a Yellow theme to the night) so here is the list and a couple of photos to enjoy

  1. Common Rustic agg (3)
  2. Dark Arches – 2321 (3)
  3. Dotted Clay – 2130 (1)
  4. Garden Rose Tortix – 1048 (1)
  5. Heart and Dart – 2089 (2)
  6. Ingrailed Clay – 2120 (2)
  7. Large Yellow Underwing – 2107 (17)
  8. Least Yellow Underwing – 2112 (1)
  9. Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing -2111 (1)
  10. Lesser Yellow Underwing – 2109 (1)
  11. Light Arches – 2322 (1)
  12. Marbled Beauty – 2293 (1)
  13. Middle barred Minor – 2340 (2)
  14. Pug Sp (1)
  15. Swallow tailed Moth – 1922 (1)

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing - 2111

Least Yellow Underwing

Least Yellow Underwing - 2112
Dotted Clay

Dotted Clay - 2130