There weren't many moths in the moth trap last weekend so it didn't take long to empty. There were no new species for the year and most of the moths were Yellow Underwings! Large Yellow Underwing numbers are much lower this year compared to the last two.
Summary of Moths Trapped Sunday, 18th September
Minimum Temperature 9.8 degrees centigrade
7.00 p.m. until dawn
15w Actinic Skinner Trap
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 6
Large Yellow Underwing x 4
Common Rustic x 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character x 1
I will continue trapping until the Garden Moth Scheme finishes - you never know a Merveille du Jour may just find its way into the garden - I live in hope!!
Bird-wise the garden is fairly quiet at the moment with fewer birds at the feeders. It was great yesterday though to have a flock of 5 Long-tailed Tits feeding on suet balls and a fat-filled coconut half. A chiffchaff passed through on Monday.
Not many butterflies either -its been a poor year in the garden for these. The red admirals seem to have disappeared although I see a couple of speckled woods flying round the garden on sunnier days.