Not much to report. Spent rainy day at Dunge last Friday. It cleared up in the afternoon in time to see the Red-necked Grebe at Lade but the Hume's Warbler remained elusive. In the trap since my last post a Winter Moth was the 397th species in the garden this year. The Redwings on a neighbour's holly tree are another sign of the season.
At Dungeness yesterday the 4 Bewick's Swans showed well on the ARC pit from the Hanson Hide where a
Water Rail was also seen close to the hide. At the back and well to the west of Scotney Farm the 2 Whooper Swans were with Mute
and Black Swans, and a Barn Owl was seen too, just inside East Sussex. In the trap this week just 1 moth: The Brick.
Just got back from a week away in the Cotswolds. Before leaving a December Moth and a Rusty-dot Pearl took the garden species total to 395 for the year. I didn't take the moth trap with me but an outside light at the Cottage was very effective in attracting moths, with 9 species recorded for the week. Highlights were a Scarce Umber and 4 different types of Mottled Umber. There were also several December Moths and Winter Moths, and a Sprawler.
Chose Thursday, the best day this week for the Dungeness visit. Highlights were Caspian
Gull and Yellow-legged Gull at the Fishing Boats and Spoonbill on the
reserve. We couldn't find the Twite reported earlier in the week at
Scotney Farm, but we did get a ringtail Hen Harrier there. Ten Great-white Egrets and 2
Cattle Egrets were seen on the reserve. A Dark Chestnut this week was new for the year in the moth trap.
Since my last post moth numbers have been low due to cold nights. However, I have recorded The Mallow, Feathered Thorn, Blair's Shoulder-knot and The Brick recently bringing the year total to 392, which is 14 better than my previous best which was last years. Had a fairly unproductive day at Dungeness on Thursday with rain in the morning there. However, on Saturday the White-billed Diver offshore in Botany Bay near Margate was the first I've seen in the UK. A red-letter day indeed.
The nights have been cold recently with fewer and fewer moths-empty trap this morning. However, on Saturday afternoon I made my first vist to Luddenham Church where a Yellow-browed Warbler showed well with a Brambling.
Since my last post I've continued to get a good selection of autumn moths in the trap. The best record for me was Autumnal Rustic, a common species, that was new for the garden. The migrant the Delicate was only my second record. Also new for the year were: Merveille du Jour, November Moth agg., Brindled Green (3rd record), Large Wainscot, and Pinion-streaked Snout.