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!
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.
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.
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.
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.