November Moths (agg.) have been appearing over the last few days in the trap. I also had a reasonable day at Dungeness yesterday with the Shore Lark near the fishing boats showing well and my first Fircrests of the year near the Power Station. The Red-throated Diver was still on Burrowes Pit on the RSPB Reserve, where there was also 3 Cattle Egrets with the cows on the Hayfields.
Since my last posting we've had some cold nights and some very wet ones, but despite that I've had 3 good moth species in the last week. Last weekend there was the migrant: Scarce Bordered Straw, and yesterday my 2nd record of Deep-brown Dart (the last was 3 years ago), but best of all this morning was my first ever Pale-lemon Sallow, a nationally scarce species. A Grey Phalarope spent a few days the previous week at Birchington. (Photo on my Flickr site).
The nights turned milder at the weekend and I was pleased to find a Clancy's Rustic in the trap which was new for the garden. First recorded in 2002 by Sean Clancy at Dungeness, this moth has been spreading slowly ever since. New for year since then have been: Orange Sallow, The Mallow, and this morning, despite the rain overnight, The Sallow, Feathered Ranunculus, Black Rustic, Dark Sword-grass, and Yellow-line Quaker.
Since returning from a week away the nights have been cold and the moths few. However, it was a slightly warmer night last night with a Pine carpet and Lunar Underwing new for the year. At Dungeness last week a Spotted Flycatcher was new for the year for me, as was the Pectoral Sandpiper at Dungeness this week on the ARC pit. A Cattle Egret was present in the same location both weeks.
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.