Wednesday 26 May 2021

Moth night sat 29th

Forward swing practice, this sat from 9pm, clothing to suit weather on the night.

See whoever then.

Wednesday 5 May 2021

Moth night sat 8th

 I think it's time to brave the cold and get the trap dusted off.

So I shall run a moth night this sat 8th from about 8.30pm onwards. Please dress in warm clothing, as we will be outside all evening due to covid restrictions. Warm drinks can be supplied through the evèning, and it may run until 4am if my all night crew are around, and moths keep coming.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 4 May 2021

Bird Sightings April 2021

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Mandarin Duck, Goosander, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Redpoll, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker. With thanks to all who contributed, especially, Allan Wolfenden, Jeff Milne and Mike Henshaw.

Monday 3 May 2021

An Enquiry about running moth nights at Cromwell Bottom LNR

 I was contacted recently by Anthony Arak who is about my age and was a member of the Halifax Scientific Society as a teenager, long before I joined. He has or has had a career in Ecology. I knew his name because his project, along with another teenage member, to reintroduce Emperor Moths onto Norland Moor in the 1960s is written about by Clifford Lees in one of our publications, ("The Natural History of Norland Moor.")

He refound the HSS via me on Facebook. What luck he did that when we are still called HSS! (I hope we always are.)

He has been introducing us to the delights the Emperor Moth as I told him we had never seen one, only the caterpillars. So now we've seen them on Wadsworth Moor (above Hebden Bridge,) Whirlaw Common (above Todmorden,) and Stiperden Moor (above the Long Causeway - the Burnley Old Rd -  above Todmorden.) We used an artificial pheremone lure briefly. It is very effective! If the weather is warm enough and there is a light breeze the males, which are day fliers, arrive very quickly! Now we just have to be lucky and find a female, as they sit still, pumping out their pheremone, and wait for the males to arrive.

Anthony would like to resume his great interest in moths. He has asked me by email if he needs permission to run moth evenings at Cromwell Bottom. I've said I will put him in touch with the various people already involved in this.

He says he would like to try, apart from a light trap, sugaring, wine ropes and "mad moth netting by torchlight."

I have mentioned the CBWG enthusiasts who already do moth nights. Is Robin Dalton still involved for the Council? I was going to ask about how Graham Haigh is but just remembered I might be able to find out on Facebook.