Thursday, 20 October 2016

Just 6 moths this morning with another November Moth, Cypress Carpet and a "lateish" Setaceous Hebrew Character. I finally had a look for the 2 Shore Larks and Lapland Bunting at Reculver this morning in cold and windy conditions . Walked all the way the Coldharbour Lagoon and eventually caught up with the 3 birds on the way back, feeding together on the shingle, about 6-800 yards east of the Towers.

 Shore Lark

Lapland Bunting

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Since my last post the only species new for the year in the moth trap was a Yellow-line Quaker. However, there have also been further records of The Mallow, November Moth (agg.) and Beaded Chestnut.
The Mallow

November Moth

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Since my last post modest numbers of moths have nevertheless produced another 3 species that were new for the year: Green-brindled Crescent, November/Pale November Moth, and a new species for the garden list in the shape of a very worn Deep-brown Dart. I have trapped this species before at a previous address but never here.

Green-brindled Crescent
Deep-brown Dart

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Moth trap numbers are well down now with colder weather. However, yesterday I had a 2nd generation Cypress Carpet which was my 4th of the year and my 4th ever in the garden. This morning The Mallow was new for the year, and 2 Beaded Chestnuts were my first since 2009. At Dunge today most of the recent birds seemed to have left and we struggled in windy conditions. Nevertheless, there were 10 Great White Egrets at the ARC pit and 4 White-fronted Geese from Boulderwall farm. A Stoat showed well on the Dengemarsh Road.

Beaded Chestnut

Great White Egret


Sunday, 9 October 2016

I've just spent a week in N. Devon where windy conditions made moths very scarce. Only 4 moths in a week but one was a Large Ranunculus-a new species for me. This morning after a cold night there were just 5 moths in the garden trap: 3 LYUs, 1 Lesser YU, and a nice Barred Sallow. This afternoon when the sun came out I went to see the Long-billed Dowitcher at Oare, which was mainly asleep, until everything was flushed a couple of times.

 Large Ranunculus

Barred Sallow

 Long-billed Dowitcher (distant)

Friday, 30 September 2016

Yesterday was a poor catch in the moth trap apart from my 5th Convolvulus Hawk-Moth of the year. There were a better selection of moths this morning: L-album Wainscot, 2 Red-green Carpets, 2 Black Rustics, Feathered Ranunculus and new for the year: Blair's Shoulder-knot. Ivy Bees have been common in the garden the last few days.

 Blair's Shoulder-knot

 Ivy Bee

Monday, 26 September 2016

Another good night with my 2nd Red-green Carpet of the year and my 2nd ever Oak Lutestring-the 1st for 7 years. This afternoon at Oare I had good views of the Osprey in the Harty Ferry area both perched on posts and flying over the estuary. Somewhat distant for photography.

 Oak Lutestring

 Red-green Carpet