Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A couple of good nights, despite last night's rain, have produced the following species new for the year: Orange Swift, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Bactra robustana, and another new species for the garden list: Agriphila selasella. I feel I may have overlooked the latter species in the past. Year list now 327.
Lesser Swallow Prominent
 Orange Swift
 Agriphila selasella
 Bactra robustana

Monday, 14 August 2017

The last few nights have been a bit warmer, with Oak Hook-tip and Dark Spinach both new for the year. A nice example of a Blood-vein was also trapped.

Oak Hook-tip

Dark Spinach


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Since my last post cooler nights have reduced moth numbers but a Broad-barred White and Flounced Rustic have been new for the year, and, after more than 17 years I finally recorded a Scorched Wing in the trap. This is a fairly common species I'd always hoped to see. Year list now 316.

Scorched Wing

 Broad-barred White

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Yesterday at Dunge the rain arrived at lunchtime, which limited the day somewhat. However, there were a few waders with Little Ringed Plovers, and Common Sandpipers on the ARC pit, and on the main part of the reserve Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpipers, Ringed Plovers and a Wood Sandpiper showed well in front of the Firth Hide. A Hobby also flew past over Burrowes Pit. On Dengemarsh 3 Great White Egrets, several Little Egrets, and a few Ruff were noted. Today I had the opportunity to photograph a Ground Lackey moth. Not from my trap, but a scarce species I've not seen before. It is specialist of coastal saltmarsh mainly in Kent, Essex and Suffolk.

 Black-tailed Godwit

 Ground Lackey

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Well we have reached the end of another month. Since my last post Dog's Tooth and Peacock have both been new for the year, and this morning a rather worn Cyclamen Tortrix was new for the garden. The Garden list now stands at 592. However, the year list 312 is fast catching last year's total of 318, which was my best ever year. 
Peacock Moth

 Dog's Tooth

 Cyclamen Tortrix

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Since my last post the weather has changed dramatically and numbers have been much smaller. However, I have had a new micro species for the garden since my last post: Eucosma campoliliana. Elsewhere the Bonaparte's Gull has retuned to Oare Marshes for its 5th late summer residence, and at Dunge yesterday, we noted a juvenile Cuckoo, 2 Little Stints, Wood Sandpiper, Swifts heading south and large numbers of Sand Martins preparing to do the same? My firend was lucky enought to get a bried view of a Whinchat on the power station wall.

Bonaparte's Gull

 Eucosma campoliliana

Friday, 21 July 2017

Back from a week away the moth trap yesterday morning had 102 moths of 42 species with 2 new ones for the garden: The Olive and Morophaga choragella. Also there was my 3rd ever Sallow Kitten, (unfortunately a bit damaged), Hoary Footman and a Yew-tree Beauty. This morning only 30 moths after a cooler night but White-point brought the year total to 299. Garden total now 589.

The Olive

  Morophaga choragella

 Sallow Kitten

 Hoary Footman