Wednesday, 30 November 2011


I have put the moth trap away now, and spent a couple of evenings getting the records into order and up to date. Numbers both of species and moths overall were down this year. This wasn't suprising considering the 'orrible weather, but I trapped 137 species in my garden, and found 2 specimens of one other species at a property in Caple-le Ferne - the Large Thorn - a new species for me, and one of 14 new species
 The "new" species were these

 Barred Tooth Striped


Centre Barred Sallow 


and I make no apology for showing this spectacular and beautiful Striped Hawkmotth again
The other new ones are these, which for some reason I didn't photograph - too dark and miserable I suspect!  

Bee Moth
Purple Thorn
Canary Shouldered Thorn - I've seen these beautiful little moths often at Sandwich Bay
Least Carpet
Twin Spotted Wainscot
Dark Swordgrass
Large Thorn
and also one of those Horse Chestnut leaf-miners which are causing so much damage to our Horse Chestnut trees

Prevoius years totals are
2008 - 141 species, all new 'cos that's when I got my trap
2009 - 165, of which 50 were "new"
2010 - 147, of which 20 were "new"

Steam train fun

There were 2 steam train excursions round here on Armistice Day, the first hauled by "Tornado" we watched cruise through Shepherdswell (I have yet to upload a video clip onto youtube), and then this one hauled by preserved Bullied pacific "Tangmere". We went to Martin Mill to see it come by, but Sarah phoned to say that she could hear it and see lots of smoke and steam over Ringwould way (this was from Winklands!).We made our way down, parked on the double bend (off the road I hasten to add), and walked down the path which we know as Hangman's Lane to the railway, and there it was, slipping spectacularly to a standstill right on the crossing

 Some of "the chaps" then got down and hand sanded the rails for about 250 metres up the slope to a point clear of the trees, leaves and dankness

Then it was a very gentle start, she began to grip and slowly accelerated away, by now over an hour late, and an excellent demonstration of driving skill (ignoring how they stalled in the first place!)

Ironically, while we were waiting at Martin Mill, the sandite rail cleaning unit came by on the down line!!
 There is a video clip of the affair here, the re-start is at about 4 mins into the clip and she finally begins to get hold of the train at 5 mins - such fun!!

Good grief, this one uploaded too!


Apparently there is a problem with my internet connection because I haven't been able to upload a blog entry from either of my computerS (show-off). This is another attempt, so hold on to your hat
There was a day trip to France at the beginning of November which got off to a superbly exciting start when 2 Little Auks flew across the bows of the ferry when just a couple miles out from Dover - just imagine any 2 from this pic I pinched from somewhere, and that's exactly what they looked like

Then there was a superb lunch at the Auberge de la Gare at Les Attaques just a little way out of Calais, absolutely smashing food, service and company, and not far away from my favourite little wildlife reserve there

Then there was shopping, but you won't want to know about that!

Then there was a walk on the cliffs at first light one day, the sun refracting from dew on the rape plants producing this rather lovely halo effect

About the only birds of note were these two - presumably - juvenile Peregrines swooping about and generally having fun - they seemed relatively brown

And finally, to test the upload, there was this "kiss" experience near the cliff edge, at least, I think there were 9 Magpies, see what you can see

Well, blow me it seems to have worked, I shall now hit "publish" and be damned (suprised, or annoyed!)

Blimey, it did, well well