Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Numbers still depressed

This week last year I was averaging 70 species per night in the garden at Westcott, Bucks.  Despite all the rain, last night saw a significant improvement in catch over those of the previous week or two but the total number of species still only just got past 50 - all rather depressing really.  The only encouraging thing was that nearly half of last night's total was made up of micro species because they've been noticeable by their absence recently.  Noteworthy items were another White-point, a Pinion-streaked Snout (my first here since 2006) and the customary example of Udea ferrugalis.  You'll be pleased to learn that a tour of the house exterior today produced no Red Underwings but I did manage to find a rather battered Old Lady instead.  Dave Wilton 

Pinion-streaked Snout, Westcott 25th August

Old Lady, Westcott 26th August

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