With a minimum temperature of 15c forecasted last night I had traps at Draycote Water, Alwyn Rd Allotments as well as those in our gardens set up so I was out very early to clear them down this morning with 1925 moths of 151 species between them.
Luckily the Draycote one enabled me to see the summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit in toft bay that had circled the reservoir at 4:30am, female Goosander, Little Ringed Plover and finally tracked a begging juvenile Tawny Owl down to the roof of the ranger’s office before visibility disappeared as the mist came in. Dave’s garden had Nuthatch, Goldcrest and Willow Warbler.
After breakfast it was a visit to Finemere Wood looking for butterfly’s in very warm conditions with my first Black Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral of the year along with Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Brown Argus, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown and Ringlet. Moths included Straw Dot, Cinnabar, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, Yellow Shell and Clouded Silver.
Black Hairstreak by Terry taken last week in Northamptonshire
On the way back we called in on Oxhouse Farm managing to attract Orange-tailed Clearwing to pheromones while Dark Green Fritillary’s flew around us along with Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Red Admiral, Common Blue, Brimstone, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Green-Veined White and Small White. Other moths seen here included Narrow-bordered Five Spot Burnet, Treble Bar, Cinnabar, Timothy Tortrix, Crambus lathoniellus and Brown China Mark.
Dark Green Fritillary
With it still being very warm early evening Draycote Meadows had many Marbled Whites still on the wing plus Brown Argus to add to the day list while a Hobby hunted overhead with Blackcap, Whitethroat, Nuthatch and Spotted Flycatcher in the nearby lane.
meanwhile White-letter Hairstreaks are out in the county - Dave L