WHITE THROATED ROBIN. Hartlepool June 2011.

White-throated Robin backlit amongst the poppy spread early morning.
Still trying to catch up on sleep since returning from Hartlepool, but it was worth it. My Dad joined me at my house on wednesday night at 10pm, I had gotten home from work at 7pm and got my kit together ready, and so at 10:20pm we headed off for Hartlepool. We arrived at 02:45am after a lengthy detour off the A19, I set about getting some rest before sunrise but unfortunately my Dads fidgetting and moaning put a stop to any zzzz'. Next time he can walk around outside the car!
I wanted to try and connect with the bird early on as I had to get back to go into work that night. And as a car load of blokes turned up whilst getting kitted out we got in place to await the 'Robin'. Well, as my luck usually goes, I missed the bird when it first showed! Thankfully one of the blokes from Ipswich came and informed my dad and I, at least it was still here... all eyes wide open now. But as I repositioned myself on the other side of the bowling green, sure enough a few people got good views and photographs .... you guessed it exactly where I had been standing a short while ago, but at least I had now seen the bird and could relax a tad.
Over the next couple of hours the bird was to give close views around the inner bowling green, I just had to wait till it ventured into a shadow to give some detail rather than just a silhoulette with the harsh sun backlighting it so much. It was actively feeding and would sometimes venture through the fence onto the road adjoining. When it moved off it disappeared for some time before showing well to the back of the other bowling green along the front. What a great bird to get and on viewing some images the plumage appeared to have quite a lot of blue tones to it. It then flew behind the bowling green building and I decided the time was right to leave, it was going to be a long drive home and the thought of a 12hr shift looming was not a welcoming thought but I didnt care I was WELL HAPPY.

*MEGA* White-throated Robin.

 Full account and images to follow soon.

Hare today gone tommorow.

Myself and Nigel are still working the dump but the birds are definitely quieting down, the first juveniles have been showing with 2 Pied wagtails in tow of their mother, a couple of juv' Goldfinches following the parents and loads of Leverets, although they have eluded me with a picture, I even had 2 in front of the car staring at me as if they knew I couldn't photograph them, they showed so well one evening when myself and Sarah took a drive down. One laid up 20ft away whilst another fed just as close, the next challenge it seems, unfortunately no camera just binoculars... the next day and ....well no picture says it all.

Garden Mothing. June 2011.

Marbled Minors.
Well I finally made the effort to put the moth light out for a couple of hours. Sarah joined me in the garden and was quite taken by the amount coming to light in just that short amount of time. I recorded 14 species and a total of 26 moths with some keeping out of reach. I must say that I have missed staying out mothing and if the wind will drop,finally, then I will out there again lighting up a bit fat cigar watching em' fall from the sky.
Figure of Eighty
Common Wainscot
Large Nutmeg
Vapourer Caterpillar
This Vapourer caterpillar was on a rose bush in the garden, bit of a nightmare trying to photograph it with the wind. Ive found a total of 5 over the last 2 days but cannot locate the female which looks more like a furry bug than a moth, being flightless it stays with the young until they grow and move off. Below is a list of the moths trapped:
Common Wainscot x2
Riband Wave x1
Heart and Dart x3
Pale Prominent x1
Dark Arches x3
Willow Beauty x3
Fan Foot x1
Large Nutmeg x2
Flame Shoulder x2
Rustic Shoulder Knot x1
Figure of Eighty x1
Flame  x3
Marbled Minor x3
Angle Shades x1