Well, in spite of some lovely summery weather I’m still struggling on the home moth front. I’m catching lots of Proteoteras aesculana, but little else. Not exactly riveting. However, there was some mild excitement with the appearance of the tiny sprite Blastodacna curvilineella a couple of nights back. Only the second I’ve recorded (t’other one was here too) and this being fresher than the last. Useful blog and website fodder, but hardly heart-stopping stuff – it’s all uphill from here folks… or at least I hope so!
Another micro I haven’t recorded too often is Pseudexentera virginiana, in fact it had been many years since the last. This one was dead, so don’t expect too much from the photo!
Bird-wise, it’s been a bit grim too. There was a great report of a Hermit Warbler only an hour away yesterday afternoon so MK and I decided a dawn visit was in order today. Unfortunately the bird was nowhere to be found. In its place was a Black-throated Green Warbler with a markedly revved-up song which got us going for a short while, but alas… This is a mega in Ontario and one I’ve long wanted to see. They never seem to stick around, but I had high hopes this time… ruthlessly foiled yet again!
The weather is still dominated by high pressure with clear sunny skies that are not so good for grounding the zillions of migrants that pass overhead. Good for them, but it makes for rather lackluster birding, at least at the lakeshore sites. Roll on some showers at night…