Friday, 31 October 2014

Abercregan last night.

                                    Spoladea recurvalis
                                   Red sword grass
                                   Duirnea lipsiella.
                                   I had been waiting for a dry night as good numbers
                                   of European migrant moths have been seen all along
                                   the south coast of England this week. Last night was
                                   dry so I took the light up Abercregan. Several local
                                   autumn moths were seen but the star was a tropical
                                   moth - Spoladea recurvalis, possibly a first for Wales.
                                   Other migrants were 11 Rusty dot pearl and singles of
                                   Red sword grass and Silver Y.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

BATS information on what they do during the year

A Year in the Life of a Bat



Lesser horseshoe hanging from bar (Hugh Clark)

January

Bats spend most of the winter hibernating, a state of inactivity characterised by lower body temperature, slower breathing, and lower metabolic rate.
Greater Horseshoe Group Hibernating (J.J. Kaczanow)

February

Bats are still hibernating. They have little fat left to live off of now. They may leave the roost on warmer nights to find food and a drink of water.
Noctule flying from tree (Hugh Clark)

March

Bats may begin to emerge and signs of limited activity can be seen. There are small numbers feeding as it gets warmer. In bad weather, they may become torpid.
Daubentons flying over water (Kevin Durose)

April

Bats have mainly come out of hibernation and are hungry and active, feeding on most nights. They may move between several roost sites and can become torpid (cool and inactive) again when cold.
Brown long-eared in flight (Hugh Clark)

May

Bats are fully active and feeding. Females start forming maternity colonies and looking for suitable nursery sites, such as buildings or trees. Males roost on their own or in small groups.
Pipistrelle suckling (R E Stebbings)

June

Female bats usually give birth to a single pup, which they feed on their milk. Young bats are very small (less than an inch) with thin, slightly grey fur. Adult bats will catch thousands of insects each in a night.
Greater horseshoe Nursery (R. E. Stebbings)

July

Mothers continue to suckle babies. Some bats grow fast and are almost full-size; others are still very small. At around three weeks, young bats are sometimes found on the ground as they learn to fly.
Lesser Horseshoe Couple (J.J. Kaczanow)

August

At six weeks old, the young bats begin to catch insects for themselves and no longer need their mothers’ milk. The summer maternity colonies begin to disperse and bats may move to mating roosts.
2 Bechsteins bats on moss (John Altringham)

September

Mating season begins. Males of most species use special calls to attract females, which can include purrs, clicks, and buzzing. Bats also concentrate on building up fat stores for the coming months.
Noctule eating moth (J.J Kaczanow)

October

More mating is taking place, and building up fat reserves is becoming crucial to survive the winter season. Bats are seeking suitable hibernation sites, and beginning periods of torpor.
2 hibernating Brandts (John Altringham)

November

Periods of torpor are lasting longer. Some begin hibernation, to save energy over the colder months, when insects are harder to find. They are using stored fat as fuel.
Natterer's Bats (R.E. Stebbings)

December

Bats are hibernating. They may roost on their own or in small groups, often in cool, quiet places like disused buildings, old trees or caves, where they hopefully won't be disturbed.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Pontrhydyfen.


                                   Fly agarics in the Japanese gardens.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pwll yr lwrch today

Yesterday Anthony williams found a couple of ring ouzels on the upper slopes of mynydd pwll yr lwrch at the side of cwmdu (old st johns colliery). I decided to go up and take a look myself when i found a male and 2 juv birds dropping out of a hawthorn tree and onto the floor to feed. After about half hour they flew around the side into the fern's so i decided to walk around the side to see if i could get views of them feeding on the ground, and as i passed the large holly tree it exploded with birds mistle thrush redwing and more ouzels. As the ouzels gave off their alarm calls then the 3 on the floor took off to join them. A total of 7 birds were in flight together they looped over then landed on the grassy hillside near the summit, with the rain setting in i decided to walk home. As i proceeded down the hill a large flock of mistle thrush were fluttering across the fern from one hawthorn to another and there were another 2 ouzels (juvs) with them, that makes it a total of 9 birds altogether, but i suspect there could be more there but need 2 sets of eyes. They seem to like the little scrub of willow/hawthorn west of the holly tree and i suspect they use the holly to roost in, 6 birds were still present today feeding in scrub mentioned above.
Also 1 kingfisher on the river llynfi beside the sewage works llangynwyd







Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Norfolk 3-5th October. PP, PT + MH.

                                   Titchwell reserve
                                    Ruff
                                    Snipe
                                  Black tailed godwit
                                   Little egret
                                  Pintail
                                  Marsh harrier
                                  Barn owl
                                   Bearded tits
                                    Avocets
                                  Pink footed geese
                                  Steppe grey shrike.
                                  We saw 115 species overall with the best day total
                                  being 100 species on the 5th. Highlights were Little
                                  stint, Red crested pochard, Yellow browed warbler,
                                  Yellow wagtail, Barn owl, Bearded tit, calling Long
                                  eared owl, Merlin, Grey partridge and 2 Stoat.
                                           Pink footed geese were in good numbers, with
                                  a count of 29,000 going to roost from Holkham and
                                  Burnham overy on 4th. Star bird was a Steppe grey
                                  shrike, first seen by PT, which was a first for the
                                  county.