Just back from a week in Broadway in the Cotswolds where I ran the moth trap and got 4 species new to me. They were: Brown-spot Pinion, August Thorn, September Thorn and a micro Ypsolopha parenthesella.
The hot weather over the last few days has livened up the moth trap with new species for the year including: Lesser Swallow Prominent, Dark Spinach, The Vapourer, The Fern, Six-striped Rustic, Rosy Rustic, and Cypress Pug. In the garden Painted Ladies have been fairly common and the UK's largest Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria (Hornet Mimic) has also appeared on the buddleia. However, best of all this morning in the trap was a Jersey Mocha which was another new one for the site.
Highlight of my Dungeness visit on Thursday was a Red Kite over the ARC pit, which was the first I've seen in the Dungeness/Lydd area. Two Cattle Egrets and a few Great White Egrets were noted, and a reasinable selection of waders included a juv. Red Knot from the Firth hide and Wood Sandpipers on the ARC pit. Also from the Firth hide a Black Tern abd a couple of Little Terns. Moth trap has been poor this week due to cold nights and rain.
Species numbers in the moth trap are well down on last year but this week managed another first for the garden in the shape of 2 Jersey Tigers, a species that's been spreading for sometime and has finally reached here. Also of interest was a very nice example of a Tree-Lichen Beauty, a species that I first recorded in 2013 and have now had 45 records since then. It's only the 2nd year that I've recorded Pyrausta despicata.
Recently returned from a Birdwatching week in Madeira with seabirds the main interest. Pictures will be on my Flickr site over next few days. The commonest seabirds were Cory's Shearwaters and Bulwer's Petrels. Loggerhead Turtles were also quite common. With the moth trap we've reached the end of another month with species numbers well down on last year: 285 compared to 326 at the same time in 2018. However, it was nice to get my 2nd record of Black Arches.
No Dungeness visit this week, but the main birdwatching interst this week has been at Oare Marshes where the Bonaparte's Gull has returned for the 7th year, and another American species the Lesser Yellowlegs has also been showing well on occasion. A Wood Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank have also been present. Sothern Migrant (Blue-eyed) Hawker dragonflies are also on the wing now for the 2nd year at this site. In the moth trap I was pleased to get my 2nd ever record ofLozotaeniodes formosana.
Last Thursday at Dunge the Red-veined Darter was in the sameplace for the 3rd week running, and Little Ringed Plovers were posing in front of the Firth Hide. Two Little Gulls were present on the ARC Pit. The moth trap has produced a few good records in the last few mdays with Monochroa lucidella new for the site. Also Platytes alpinella, Kent Black Arches and The Festoon were nice to see.