Thursday, 2 July 2015


July is not the best birding month in Singapore but it is always good to see something unexpected on a short visit. I was surprised to find about a dozen Little Terns around the marina reservoir - some carrying fish. Also, the more expected White-bellied Sea Eagles, Black-naped Oriole, Collared Kingfisher, Striated Heron, Pacific Swallow etc. A large Water Monitor lizard was also showing. Grey Herons here are of a remarkable pale grey race.

White-bellied Sea Eagle - juv.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Evergestis limbata

The warmest night of the year was sure to produce something interesting in the moth trap and the highlight was Evergestis limbata a rare migrant/recent colonist, the first seen here in Southampton. Few other migrants - 1 Silver Y, 1 Rusty Dot Pearl and 2 Rush Veneer alongside a good range of resident species.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Monarch butterfly

A Monarch butterfly was found feeding on bramble flowers near Lordswood Road, Southampton this morning (9-10 am at least). As I was on my way to work I was lacking a camera - fortunately Ian Watts was able to get down in time to take the ultimate phone camera 'record shot'! Although this may well be an escape/release it follows a most remarkable late spring/early summer for American landbirds in the UK, including Cedar Waxwings and several Catharus thrushes, so there must be some possibility it has crossed the Atlantic. Alternatively it could have originated from one of the European populations moving north with the exceptionally hot weather!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Schoenobius gigantella

This is a local reedbed species which is new to the Southampton garden. The moth is a female - females tend to wander widely while males which remain in reedbed areas (Goater). Females are much larger than males and this has a 48mm wingspan, which is large for a pyrale.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Insects and Peregrines

Cream-bordered Green Pea is a fairly recent arrival in Southampton. One this week was the highlight from the moth traps. Another Bordered Straw in the actinic trap was very worn and had probably arrived in the earlier influx. At Westwood butterflies included many Marbled Whites and one Ringlet. Ringlet are quite uncommon here. Also many orthoptera including Roesel's Bush Cricket, though these are not yet stridulating. Two juvenile female and one juvenile male Peregrine now on show - perched close to the adult female today.
Cream-bordered Green Pea


Roesel's Bush Cricket

Adult female, two female and one male juveniles.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Privet Hawk

Privet Hawk is now seen here only roughly every five years compared to once every two years during the 1990s. One this week was the highlight of a fairly quiet few days - little evidence of moth migration as is typical for the end of June. Also this week a male Stag Beetle in the MV trap. The Greater Yellowlegs remains at Titchfield Haven and the summering Brent Goose is at Weston Shore, along with the regular albino plumage Herring Gull.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Toadflax Brocade in Southampton

A Toadflax Brocade was the first I have trapped in the garden. Previously very rare this species seems to be spreading along the south coast - but also moving inland from south-east England. The first record for Wales appears to have been in May this year. There are few records mapped on Hantsmoths but there is a Southampton record from 1971. Also two more Bordered Straw and a Little Thorn.