Far too long since the last post, although to be fair I have been rather unwell for five weeks and just not had the energy or inclination to do anything demanding on the computer let alone go out and do some natural history watching!
So, 2012, a year of ups and downs at best, and continues the run of cloudy and often unsettled weather of the last six years, due to the more southerly path of the jetstream. Presumably as a direct result of the shrinking polar icecaps and unlikely to reverse anytime soon, and rather depressingly a portender of summers to come.
On the ornithological front, probably the worst in 40 years of active birdwatching. Other than the occasional visit to Nosterfield, watching the gulls at Allerton and a brief few days in Ireland, the impetus to get out and about has been further dulled by the modern birding scene and obsession with rarities, and opinionated mediocrity. The few highlights were the decent run of white-winged gulls in the spring, fantastic regular views of Red Kite, dawn-choruses of waking marshland birds at Staveley, some decent seabirds and wonderful Choughs on the Irish west coast and the only BB rarity of the year, a Semi-P on a beach in Ireland. Hardly a vintage year.
|481||Epermenia falciformis||1st VC62|
|849||Syncopacma cinctella||2nd VC64 and 3rd Yorkshire|
|854||Anacampsis blattariella||5th VC62|
|878||Batrachedra praeangusta||5th VC62|
|930||Gynnidomorpha alismana||1st VC64 and 6th Yorkshire|
|968||Cochylis nana||3rd and 4th VC62|
|1086||Hedya salisella||4th and 5th VC62 (the 3rd was mine too)|
|1089||Apotomis semifasciana||4th to 8th VC62 (all the others are mine)|
|1104||Endothenia quadrimaculana||5th to 8th VC64|
|1106||Lobesia reliquana||1st and 2nd VC62 and 7/8th Yorkshire|
|1123||Ancylis laetana||3rd to 7th VC62 (all of which are mine, one other site in Yorkshire)|
|1132||Epinotia subocellana||2nd VC62|
|1135||Epinotia demarniana||6th to 12th VC62 (all VC62 records mine from 1 area and confirmed)|
|1137||Epinotia tetraquetrana||3rd VC62 and 4th VC64|
|1217||Eucocosmomorpha albersana||2nd Yorkshire record since 1987, the 1st was mine in 2011, a handful
of older records
|1225||Pammene obscurana||2nd VC62 and 5th Yorkshire (I had 1st VC62 too)|
|1348||Parapoynx stratiotata||2nd VC64|
|1473||Ephestia elutella||1st VC65 and 12th Yorkshire|
|1517||Adaina microdactyla||5th VC64|
|1523||Oidaematophorus lithodactyla||3rd VC64|
Once all of the 2012 records are included and published in the Yorkshire database some of these figures may have to be updated, but it is certainly an indication of the quality of the years trapping.
My moth of the year? Well, it has to be this one, a Bordered Pug at Staveley, not particularly rare but a stunning pug all the same. This was followed very closely by the remarkable sight of six Lunar Thorns together at Brimham, my only previous ones being a single at Brimham and one in my Dorset garden.
What for 2013? Other than the pressing requirement to achieve a more stable economic base for the family, I look forward to concentrating my efforts locally again, with perhaps also some selective effort on the southern fringes of the NY Moors, and looking at other orders to broaden my interests.