After the capture of the second Early Moth Theria primaria overnight on Thursday, two more were attracted to light on Friday night. Rich January pickings also included three Pale Brindled Beauty Apocheima pilosaria and the addition of Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas pstvittana to the year list.
Talking of year list, readers may have noted the additional page above. A little bit of friendly patch competition between my good friend Paulo Alves and myself. Hopefully, I can get Paulo’s list from his patch in the Portuguese sunshine off him at some point, but for the minute I’m currently lagging behind by several species so I’m not going to mention much about it!
However, it has made me question how many things I actually see over a year so I’m going to try and list what I can. We are also targeting 300 species of moth once again this year after such a good early start, but whether we achieve the target is somewhat weather dependant.
Birding wise it was productive weekend. My third Tophill Waxwing Bombycilla garrulous since my ‘arrival’ in 2000 flew over the car park calling on Sunday, while single Eurasian White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons and three Pink-footed Geese A. brachyrhynchus were present with the Greylag A. anser on Saturday. The fungi foray on Saturday also turned up six Woodcock Scolopax rusticola, while Doug Fairweather was watching a cracking male Crossbill Loxia curvirostra seconds before I arrived. Gull roosting is proving problematic. A single Common Gull Larus canus was present on D reservoir at last light on Saturday so a change of view on Sunday saw me looking over Decoy Floods… where the obligatory Mediterranean Gull L. melanocephalus (adult) was finally year-ticked as the gloom descended.
Over 30 species of fungi were noted on Saturday with Doug. Rather than name them all, here is a selection of them in photos.