17th April 2014

This warm weather has certainly made for interesting records. Last night I had the usual spring stuff; Hebrew Character, Small and Common Quaker, Clouded Drab. Brindled Pug but a Pine Beauty and a Lunar Marbled Brown was nice but Large Yellow Underwing?! It is my earliest ever record - end of June/July is more usual!

Pine Beauty
Lunar Marbled Brown

Large Yellow Underwing

15th April 2014

Glorious sunny day! Lots of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells about. At least 4 Skylarks singing along Lymes Road at lunchtime. Early Thorn was new for the year in the moth trap. There was a group of 15-20 Crows having a shouting match in the trees behind the Library.

14th April 2014

Too cold for moths last night but plenty of Peacocks about; Orange-tip and Green-veined White too. Heard a Willow Warbler by Observatory Road at lunchtime.

7th April 2014

Wet night so not much of note in the moth trap - more flies than moths! A Blackcap was singing and 2 Chiffchaffs too. A Swallow flew past in the distance; first one this year.

4th April 2014

A damp night reduced moth numbers but I did get an Early Grey - a common enough species but not often caught at Keele. Also caught 4 Eriocrania unimaculella (a leaf-mining micro) which turned out to be a first record for Keele! There were also two Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap singing in the Walled Garden.

Early Grey

3rd April 2014

17 Canada Geese on Lake 1 this morning is a record (if unwelcome) count for Keele. The resident male was distinctly agitated I'm told. Not so many moths this morning but did have the early plume moth Emmelina monodactyla.

A trip to Phase 3 at lunchtime was disappointing with just 2/3 Chiffchaffs and a couple of Buzzards.

2nd April 2014

50+ moths last night including Oak Nycteoline, Pine Beauty and Twin-spotted Quaker. Also several of the micro-moth Diurnea fagella - a common spring species. Blackcap and Chiffchaff were singing behind the Terrace.

Diurnea fagella