What a beauty…

In the moth world there are some iconic moths to find. One of them is the stunning Merveille du jour moth opposite.

Sadly I have never managed to find one of these moths in our recording area.

However, there was good new this morning when I found one in the moth trap! A site first.

It’s Yorkshire status is : Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Redwings have been arriving in force mainly from the N-N/E during the last couple of days.

And from the watchpoint I have observed passing over and beyond our area 2,198 on 13/10 and a further 1,730 today.

Pink footed goose influx

Today there has been a major influx of Pink footed geese into the UK. Thankfully at the watch point I managed to record 2,620 ( A new site record) at distance moving E/S/E. Over 9,000 were reported from a watch point at Bolton!

Whilst a good number of these geese were flying high it is good time to keep an eye out for lower flying PFG which are fairly common over our area during October. There is a good chance that you will hear them calling as they fly over.

On a different note, I called in at Raw Nook Nr to look for moth leaf mines.

I found a Ectoedemia albifasciella ( status common) mine on Oak with the larva which as I have said before constitutes a breeding record, which is excellent news for our urban nature reserve.

Recent sightings…

Well a bit of a negative to start with…

Female Kestrel has been at the watch point for the last few days.

A number of vis-mig (Bird visible migration) sites including my site at Low Moor are to date reporting a lack of numbers of migrating birds.

I am recording low number of common species like, Chaffinches, Greenfinches and Goldfinches as are Meadow Pipits for this time of the year .

The weather as we known pays a vital role in the migration of birds and at the moment the temperature is still relatively mild so finger crossed this may be a factor or is Global Warming a factor?

So yesterday over the watch point 3 Goosander and 2 Swallow flew south. A single party of 45 Siskin flew overhead also to the south.

I also flushed a Common Snipe which flew off high to the north.

This morning a single Swallow battled against the wind to the south and 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests here keeping me company at the watch point.

On my back home I called in at Raw Nook Nr to have a quick look for moth leaf mines.

It wasn’t long before I found a new species of micro moth larva for the reserve in an Oak leaf.

The larva is of the moth Tischeria ekebladella.

The good news about finding tenanted moth leaf mines is that I can prove the species is breeding at the site which is good news for the reserve.

A brilliant time at Raw Nook nature activity day!

Well the day couldn’t have been better…

We ordered sunshine and that arrived we were hoping the next generation would attend and they arrived too.

The day had been organised by Sarah Goldsmith & her excellent team from the Yorkshire wildlife Trust.

We, the Low Moor & Oakenshaw Conservation group were helping out mainly with the planting…or so we thought!

I was also keeping an eye out for any wildlife that wanted to attend the event…And it wasn’t long before a late..ish Chiffchaff was in song nearby with a party of Canada geese moving low overhead.

The event started with a Herb Walk presented by Heather from the YWT which was really interesting and informative.

We learnt about the medicinal purposes of plants like the humble Dandelion and the Goose Grass ( that horrible sticky grass ) that actually makes a nice cup of tea!

The children were busy collecting all the herbs as they were looking forward to making the …Potions

They collected Dandelions, Comfrey for making garden feed and Ribwort Plantain and Docks for treating nettle strings.

Excited children with their potions that they had mixed themselves (Below)

It was then onto the planting which all the adults were looking forward to doing….Well at least planting a few plants!! However, the next generation had other ideas…They thankfully needed no encouragement as little legs were running about with plants and watering cans.

Peter Gurney YWT had brought a good number of Bird’s foot trefoil plants to plant in the meadow to try and attract back the once common, Common Blue butterfly.

So the day ended with the next generation been tried, having dirty hands and asking can we do it again!



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