Sunday, 4 May 2014

Not a lot today, got a busy night coming up

The Safari emptied a rather wet and soggy moth trap this morning to find yet more Hebrew Characters lurking inside.
They might be common and widespread but that doesn't stop them being a rather bonny moff.
This was first Light Brown Apple Moth trapped this year, we've disturbed one from long grass on Patch 1 a week or so ago.
A proper first for the year was found in the form of just  one Shuttle Shaped Dart, there's bound to be more!
A carpet type thingy escaped, possibly a Common or Garden Carpet - haha see what we did there?
Later a walk to Magpie Wood gave us a Chiffchaff singing from the park we used to be able to wander round with him and a blob on one of the ledges on the tower. It appeared to be hunkered down quite low and our first impression was of a sitting Peregrine, rather hopeful perhaps as we didn't have any optics with us and it is rather high up.
We tried to get turn Frank round quickly to get him back to Base Camp so we could grab the scope and nip back in the Land Rover - didn't work he wasn't for going anywhere quickly. He led us down the hedge lined ginnel alongside the Golden Triangle which rang with bird song, Chaffinch, Robin, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Wren, Blackbird all piped up and then we heard a Garden Warbler (147) - Bingo a real local rarity! Well done to Frank for dawdling!!!
We txtd CR to see if he could see the 'Peregrine' from home, he could but couldn't make anything out, a bit too far away. We got back to Base Camp eventually put the scope and Frank in the Land Rover and whizzed back round - the ledge was empty flippin thing had gone! Obviously not sitting on eggs then!
Not much happening in the drizzly garden in which we've done a bit of prep work for something special tomorrow. But before then we've the small matter of the very first Blackpool Zoo Bioblitz to attend and set up our moth trap and torch for amphibians in the moats around the enclosures...NO Elephants, Lions and Giraffes won't we going on the list!!!
We'll be back in the morning too looking for bugs, birds and wildflowers.
Where to next? Lets go bioblitzing!
In the meantime let us know what's lurking on a ledge in your outback

1 comment:

cliff said...

Your Hebrew Characters "might be common and widespread" - but I've never seen one :-(

Nice photos.