Saturday, January 19, 2013

Second visit to TQ1960...finally!

Well I finally managed to get back into my square for the first time since New Year's Day (!) but was mostly thwarted by the snow cover. Absolutely useless for inverts and plants, but I did manage to add a few more to the tally including two lifers.

175 - Goldcrest - Epsom Common
174 - Long-tailed Tit - Epsom Common
173 - Feral Pigeon - overhead, Epsom Common
172 - Coal Tit - on Epsom Common
171 - Trochila laurocerasi - on dead Cherry Laurel leaves, Epsom Common
170 - Roe Deer - 1 male on Epsom Common
169 - Bucculatrix ulmella - cocoon on oak trunk, Epsom Common
168 - Infurcitinea argentimaculella - larva seen in its 'sock', Epsom Common
167 - Frullania dilatata - trunks, Epsom Common
166 - COLOLEJEUNEA MINUTISSIMA - trunks, Epsom Common
165 - METZGERIA FRUTICULOSA - Ash trunk, Epsom Common
164 - Fieldfare - overhead at Wells Estate
163 - Redwing - overhead at Stamford Green
162 - Alder - Stamford Green Pond
161 - Collared Dove - urban streets
160 - House Sparrow - urban streets

Hoping to crack on towards the 200 mark this week, I'm off work this coming Wed/Thurs. Just need a bit less snow and a bit more warmth!


  1. I love reading everyone else's posts - it gives me ideas of things to look for. I shall search some tree trunks tomorrow for liverworts and cases. I'd forgotten all about Bucculatrix ulmella too. Looks like InfArg is pretty much absent from Norfolk, just one record at Hickling (but maybe I can find another). Cheers Seth.

  2. Well you say that about Inf.arg, but Colin Plant got in touch with me re his 'Moths of Hertfordshire' which he'd almost finished writing. On a whim he asked me to see if I could find it in Herts (previously unrecorded apart from one old unsourced reference). I spent 4 hours in Herts and found it at 4 locations (hmmm...starting to sound like a dodgy single-observer sighting innit...)So the point is, just look and it may well be there!!! Check Lepraria patches wherever they occur - on tree trunks, crumbling walls, brick tunnels, sandy banks etc etc. Just don't fall for the old "strand of moss covered in Lepraria and looking like the real deal" trick. Can't count it unless you see the larva inside, lol!

  3. OK, sounds like my sort of challenge. I'd better find out what Lepraria is first then. This is rapidly becoming a journey of discovery of the depths of my ignorance! (In fact, that's pan-species listing in a nutshell)