Friday, 8 March 2013

It's funny how the mind works

It's odd how the mind works sometimes, My year (not wildlife wise) is not going brilliantly, early in Jan my Brother-in-law had a massive Brain aneurysm and is still very much touch an go (although he is out of intensive care now) and today (or rather last night) my Sister (his wife) was taken into hospital with either Pneumonia or Myocarditis (we are waiting on the results at present), so now she is also in a high dependency ward (although in a different hospital). My one saving grace and pretty much the only thing that takes my mind from worrying are my kids and love of wildlife.

The one issue is that so far the winter has been pretty poor for wildlife, the weather has been awful, cold wet and windy, so all I have been able to do is plan, I have spent the first few months planning on where to see (and hopefully photograph) the dragonflies of Milton Keynes (it's a long term project I have been working on anyway), I set up my own spread sheet with the different species, times they fly and locations they have been or are likely to be seen. It helped for a short while, but then I had all species covered and locations and dates great, but I'm still a month or so away from being able to chase them.

And so project 2 began, to see and photograph the butterflies of Milton Keynes, again I knocked up a spreadsheet, have flight times, and locations etc. so I am ready to set out on days off looking for the ones I need to see. Again most will be a while yet, still months to go for the rarer species.

Today when I heard about my sister, I almost immediately set about working out where and when I could find my dream moth - The Hornet Moth (clearwing). I know the like Black Poplar, but I also know it is a rare tree, however I now have two locations in Milton Keynes where the tree grows and moths may be or have been reported. So yet again I am ready to go.

As the title of the blog say's it is funny how the mind works a little trauma and I dive into wildlife, but at least come summer I will have loads of leads on where and when to be places in order to increase my wildlife knowledge. Now I just need to find enough days of sun to visit them all and see what I want to see.

Oh and of course I now need another project to work on!

This blog is also repeated on my local patch blog.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Still not many moths

Another poor night trapping, I was sure it would be a good night, the weather forecast was saying temps around 8 degrees, over cast and still, but I woke to rain and cold?

Anyway there was one moth in the trap, another new species for me (it helps never having trapped in March I guess, 3 moths so far and 3 new species!).

1 Oak Beauty

A rather stunning looking moth in my opinion.

Oak Beauty

Oak Beauty, face on

Oak Beauty

Oak Beauty at rest on plants.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Trapping 04-03-2013

I'll be honest I left the trap out from my last blank, and thought I'd switch it on last night on the off chance even knowing there was a likely frost due and it would be clear, but to my surprise there was a moth nestled in amongst the egg boxes this morning! Thanks to Stewart I now see this is a Lead-Coloured Drab which is in fact new for me, so even better. The joys of being a beginner is I get to learn lots and make mistakes.

1 Lead-Coloured Drab.

I don't normally like to trap two nights in a row but the weather tonight looks good (warmer than it has been in months, up to 8 over night, over cast and not much wind).

Lead-Coloured Drab (on egg box)

Lead-Coloured Drab on bush.