Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sexy Bird Pic

Hasn't been too many bird pics on this blog recently so here's a treat - a Buff Brahma Bantam. Ooaaaah!

I got this from, my favourite website

Old Bat......

........or Old Lady. Another new moth for Murlough. It was as big as a football pitch and clamped itself to my throat. It took about ten minutes to beat it into submission by which stage I was knackered and had to lock myself in the car. It chewed off my windscreen wipers and slashed all my tyres. Thankfully the PSNI weren't too long in turning up and tasered it but not before seven police officers were injured. It's currently sealed within a lead container positioned above a subduction zone. Good riddance.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Yellow Pterodactyl!!

Hmm, possible Adaina microdactyla at Murlough NNR. New for the site so I'll celebrate with a hogshead of cider, a tin of duck gizzards and Teenage Fanclub.

Monday, 28 July 2014

radio nibirding

one of  the greatest bands of all all time. no doubt there you philistines!!!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Purple Nurple!!!

Pyrausta purpuralis at Murlough NNR this morning. That makes it lots and lots of species of moth recorded at this site

I see Derk was on Countdown last night and made a total cock of it. He came so close to winning but ballsed it up completely on the last round - here's his last nine letters

S  E  A  G  U  L  L  S  S

and do you know what the best he could come up with was?


Friday, 25 July 2014



You can't get enough of moths know you like it. Another new moth for the Murlough list. Cydia splendana

I'm keeping this one in a treadmill to power my bedside light.

Did anybody see Derk on Come Dine With Me the other night? - what a disaster.

  • Starter - BBQ EGG
  • Main Course - Bird's Eye Potato waffles, Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausage and beef gravy
  • Dessert - Vick's Vaporub and a coconut

For entertainment Derk will be pouring lighter fluid over his head whilst reciting from the 2008 Knobirds report.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014



Well, tough.

Here's a small blood-vein. old hat this really but it's a moth and not a bird. I don't think there'll ever be another bird pic on this blog. Birds are for twonks and flippity-flloppers.

Even dreek Derk has given up on birds - he's much more interested in agrarian agitation in Bulgaria during 1913-1915 and furthering his country and western career. Sales have been slow but then who wants to hear laments of the Second Balkan War played on a Bontempi organ? I'm not even sure you could call it country and western, more like Bros meets Chesney Hawkes except in checked shirts and rhinestones. Derk's constantly banging on about how he got to see Chesney in the Downs Rd. car park in Newcastle in 1991. Still, they like it in Estonia where Derk reached No. 134 in the charts.

Here's Slowcoaches, definitely not country and western

Please note: Derk's articles articles on the Burren are obviously false - that's not a Stilton, it's a Camembert but don't worry I've reported him to the Cheese Police. Incidently, I didn't eat that cheese until Monday past - out of the fridge for a week, haven't been off the bog since but it was worth it!

Something mental!!

A HUMPBACK WHALE was photogrpahed off the Copeland Islands yesterday

There is no truth in the rumour that Copeland Bird Observatory are sending a crack team out to ring the whale!

A Spoonbill was at the River Blackstaff, Dundrum this morning (or is there 2 knocking about?)

The disaster that was the Burren, Part 2

 Day 2-4, above a Moth, they trapped 212 species, how mad is that?
 The Black Art of Moth trapping below, they should really get a life!
 Now we are talking, the wonderful Dark Red Helloborine
 Some pretty flowers

 A Snail on an Okellyi Orchid. The Snail has been contracted to write the 2009 Nobirds Report. Where is my report anyway or my £20 back!
 The Yellow Brimstone Flower only found in the Burren
 Bird of the trip. This Robin was my favourite as i seen him eat 1 moth.
 A pretty moth but i couldnt beieve it when Andrew pulled out some crackers and some stinky cheese, put the moth in between the crackers and ate it, disgusting
 Andrew looking for more moths to eat
 Andrew eating Moths and stinky stilton
 The Burren Green Butterfly, the Green colour morph
Mad moth trappers who dont want their identities revealed and whats that the last Nobirds report? They are now antigues and worth at least £1 each, how can antigues drop 90% in just 6 years?
So children never trust moth trappers, never go the Burren and if you ever catch a rare moth dont give it to Andrew, he will eat it

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

radio nibirding

Trip to the Burren, what really happened part 1

 I didnt want to go to the Burren, there are no birds in the Burren, there is plenty of limestone however. But Andrew had been on the phone to me 3 times a day crying about Gareth Brookes. Andrew had bought tickets for all 5 of Gareths shows, he is his biggest fan and has exact copys of all his hats, Andrew is a wierdo. But Andrew offered me a £100 a day if i went and even though i am a fool i am not that big of a fool, i was off like a shot!! First surprise was Andrew had bought an ice cream van and Ed arrived with a trailer full of moth traps (see photo above) Andrew says there is money in pokes and no better place to sell than in Ballyvaughan selling to the Yanks!! So off we set, the Ice Cream van only does 40 mph so it took us six hours, it was grim
 We arrived at the BB (its in the middle of the picture, it was a lot bigger in real life, the photo is just taken from far away) Andrew paid for my stay so all i had to do is go out and find some orchids and birds!!
 Common Tawyblade, not very common at all, i seen two of these!! I also seen 4 Med Gulls from the BB, the first record for the BB apparently!
 Moth trappers in action
 Andrew below, he has just realised that he hates moths and is wondering why he brough 32 moth traps with him
 Broad Leaved Helloborine, a Burren tick for us all
 The Burren Green Butterfly the reason we went, its not very green
 A Slow Worm, Andrew called it Larry, apparently its a reptile (the worm, not Larry)
 A Moth under a leaf, some moths live their whole lifes under a leaf, Andrew told me, i learned a lot about Moths

 A Frog, we called this one Larry as well as its very slimy
Mine host at the BB, Belinda, she works as a podium dancer in Kinvarraa International Nightclub, but she was never home until 9 am, we reckon it was more pole dancing than podium danceing. More sometime.....

Monday, 21 July 2014

Cross Border Moth Raid

Seeing as the other week was the twelth of July Derk bribed myself and Ed to go down south on a moth trip but we knew he was really on another of his missionary trips. We had to take two cars as we wanted to bring some moth traps and Derk's car was filled full of Portavogie Brethren bibles.

So off we went, following Derk in his little Lada - panic set in as it became quite clear he was taking us to the town of Kilcock

We tried to lose him but he eventually found us down in Co. Clare. Thankfully Derk spent most of his time in the middle of Kinvarra on top of a milk crate spoutin some rubbish about the end of the world.

 Just what I like - travel halfway across Ireland to see the same old muck I get at home. Dark Arches. My favourite.

 More muck - except this is the Irish subspecies odiddlyii of Single-dotted Wave

Deplanquiea dilutella. Plonker to the initiated

A Magpie Moth. How boring is this moth? No, seriously. It's pretty rubbish. Derk likes putting these in his underpants. I wasn't aware of this until Ed caught him at it. We don't talk to Derk anymore.

 Oooh, very camp. Eucosma camopliliana.

 Brunished Barse or Burnished Brass? Depends how drunk you are.

Dipso moth or The Drinker to normal people. You hear that Dave? You're a normal person.

Hemp Agrimony Plume Adaina microdactyla. Skeletor is a much better name.

 Up to the Buffers with Buff-tips.

 Satan's moth. Brimstone Moth - apparently this moth is the most common moth to be found drinking teardrops out of the corner of your eye when you're asleep

 The most exciting moth in the world....and it's an orphan snf snf. Scoparia subfusca - it has an english name now but I refuse to use it.

whacky-lackey moth - you can smoke these. Actually, you can't and it's just called a Lackey moth. 

 It's purple. A purple nurple maybe? Pyrausta purpuralis is what it says in the book but I would doubt that. I mean, just because it looks like it in every single detail and was found in the right habitat at the right time of year doesn't convince me.

Brown-trousers Brown-thing moth. No, hold on a minute it's a Bright-line Brown-eye, I mean Brown-line Bright-eye. No, Bright-line-line Brown-eye. Yes that's it. Or is it? Aaaaargh - it's definitely Brown-line Bright Eye.....I think. Aye, it is. Definitely is. Trust me.

Agadoo doo doo Agapeta zoegana.

 Catflapia pinecone.....or something like that. Or perhaps something like Catroptia pinella? I should really stop lying about things.

Some silly auld fleurs. I dug some of these up for me Ma's garden. Anybody want a couple of buckets of Dark Red Helleborines? Otherwise I'm going to chuck them out

 Stalking Father Ted. All that wasted time - it turns out he's dead.

Derk liked touching  this one on it's horn. It's a Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth with issues now.

So there ye are now, so ye are. We left Derk to evangelise and as we left we saw him in the wing mirror fighting a couple of priests. What a crap holiday.

Moths are great, Derk is crap

Yet another new moth for Murlough NNR - Beautiful Snout.

Species No. 615 for the site.

And what is Derk up to? He's filming a promotional video for his country and western band 'The Trouser Snakes'. Apparently he's quite big in Estonia.

Isn't it great there's no birds about?