Monday, 20 May 2019

Moth trap still not producing much even though the nights have warmed up a bit in the last couple of days. Last week at Dunge we struggled to find much but did get a good view of the Serin singing at nearby Littlestone.
 Serin

Friday, 10 May 2019

Identified on a facebook site I have recorded another new species for the garden: Northern Drab. However, with not much else to report from home, here are another couple of pictures from my recent visit to Cape Verde.

 Northern Drab

Citrus Swallowtail

Portuguese Man O'War

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

I've not had a lot to report from the trap during the latter part of April. The Streamer and a couple of Muslin Moths were the only species new for the year. However, I recently had a week away in the Cape Verde Islands mainly to see seabirds. Some are pictured below. More will posted on my Flickr site in coming days.

 Cape Verde Shearwater

Red-billed Tropicbird

Brown Booby

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Since my last post I've recorded 2 new species for the year in the moth trap: Brindled Beauty and best of all a Lead-coloured Drab which is new for the garden list. We had an interesting day at Dungeness yesterday. The Common Crane showed distantly from the entrance track to the RSPB Reserve and a number of spring migrants were noted: Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Black Redstart and  Sedge Warbler. A pair of Bearded Tits showed well from the ramp on the rererve. The Grey-backed Mining Bees were present near the Visitor Centre, and around a dozen Gorse Shieldbugs were noted around the site.
Lead-coloured Drab

 The Grey-backed Mining Bee

 Gorse Shieldbugs

Bearded Tit



Saturday, 30 March 2019

Today whilst doing gardening It was very hot so I tried out the Emperor Moth pheromone lure and sure enough one turned up after about 30 minutes-never stopped flapping but a first for the garden of course.Had a better day at Dunge on Thursday where there was an arrival of Garganey  I saw 7 of the 8 Garganey on the reserve. Also on the reserve were a small flock  Water Pipits. Finally from the ramp on the reserve we saw a Bittern “booming” which was a first for me and meant we had 5 species of heron in the day with Cattle, Little, and Great White Egrets plus Grey Heron.

 Emperor Moth (Cornwall)

 Bittern

 Garganey

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Since my last post there have been 3 species new for the year in the trap: Diurnea fagella, Double-striped Pug and best of all an Oak Beauty. I recorded this latter species for the very first time last year, so I was pleased to record one again. Bird migration seems to be getting going now. A Glossy Ibis has been around at Oare and I finally caught up with the Penduline Tit that has been at Grove Ferry for a few weeks now.

Penduline Tit

Glossy Ibis

Oak Beauty

Monday, 18 March 2019

Since my last post the micro A. alstromeriana has been the only new species for the year in the trap. Struggled round Dungeness in a gale last Wednesday after which there was nothing new to report although the 4 Cattle Egrets were close to the road near the Lydd roundabout. The previous weekend I made the effort to visit Pencester gardens in Dover where the Yellow-browed Warbler has over-wintered.
 Yellow-browed Warbler

Cattle Egret

Agonopterix alstromeriana