Last night was mild, little wind and clear so Dave and I decided to leave the pub early for Lawford Heath hoping to see the supernova that’s on view but at 11th magnitude we could not pick it out amongst the trillions of stars on show. On the way we had a Barn Owl and a Fox cross the road in front of us between Cubbington and Weston under Wetherly.
On the heath we were treated to stunning scope views of the moon craters (probably the best views I have ever had), the dark belts of cloud parallel to the equator on Jupiter plus 4 of its moons, 3 satellites picked out heading north, 2 meteorites flashed past overhead and numerous constellations on show. Lady luck was on our side as we also heard Little Owl, saw 2 more Barn Owls between Rookery Hall and Lawford Lodge and at the junction of ling lane and lawford heath lane we had a Tawny Owl perched in the car headlights for a couple of minutes.
The mild night brought out the moths which have suffered this month with 25 species from 160 moths in my garden trap with Pink-barred Sallow new for the year.
Out with Dave this afternoon and we managed to find 2 Grass Snakes, Ruddy Darter and Migrant Hawker at the Bridge Nursery pond then moved on to Napton on the Hill where we had 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Swift, Hobby, 4 Buzzard, Raven, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit and Nuthatch. Also Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Small White butterflies were seen.
Heads Up – a deep area of low pressure is due to track across the UK this weekend followed by the remnants of Hurricane Katia so we will be in for some wet and windy weather.