10 August 2013

Early autumn at the patch

Some early signs of autumn passage at Staines Moor today, with 1 Green Sandpiper along the Colne this morning, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat, and 8(3H) Chiffchaff all along the old railway (and 2 heard elsewhere), c.25 Meadow Pipit in the NW corner could be local birds, and 7 Barn Swallow over S. Also 1+ Hobby still, 1+ Kestrel, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1+ Grey Heron, 1-2 Kingfisher and 4+ Canada Geese.

A flighty Green Sandpiper on the Colne early morning

Shed loads of Lepidoptera around today: 1 Brown Argus, 3+ Small Copper, several Common Blue, (just) 1 Small Skipper, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, lots of Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Green-veined Whites and Small Whites. Elsewhere 2 Small Heaths were noted, and a Holly Blue on the mud along Bonehead Ditch.

Brown Argus Aricia agestis

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Male Common Blue Polyommatus icarus. I love how you can see the ventral side pattern through the wings on this pic.

Gatekeepers Pyronia tithonus are everywhere on the Moor at the moment!

Green-veined White Pieris napi

Small White Pieris rapae

A few moths also noted: 6 Silver Ys, and hundreds of Pearl Veneers Agriphila straminella (there must be thousands present on the Moor at the moment), and a couple of Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella.

Six Silver Ys Autographa gamma disturbed from the grass today - a mini influx!

Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella

Pale-streak Grass-veneer Agriphila selasella

Other bugs included: 1 Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus discolor, and lots of hoverflies including a Eristalis horticola, a Female Helophilus trivittatus, and a male Long Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta.

Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus discolor

Eristalis horticola

Female Helophilus trivittatus

Male Long Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta?


  1. I wonder if your Helophilus might be a pendulus instead of a trivittatus?

    Best wishes,


    1. Hi David, Many thanks, I'll check it out.