Nothing especially interesting to report form the moth trap but Common Wainscot, Six-striped Rustic and Marbled Beauty have all been new for the year over the last couple of days. At Oare Marshes at high tide yesterday afternoon there was an impressive number of waders-perhaps lacking a bit in diversity. I saw about 8 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Knot and a few Avocet and Ruff amongst the 100s of Godwits, Redshank and Dunlin.
Moth trap numbers have declined sharply with the change in the weather. However, I was pleased to see a very small plume moth in the trap yesterday morning, which proved to be a Small Plume, a new one for the site. Off to Dunge yesterday where the forecast of heavy rain fortunately proved incorrect, with just 2 or 3 short showers in the morning and a dry afternoon. We did manage to see a few interesting birds but insects were keeping low in breezy conditions. Highlights were|: 3 Little Ringed Plovers on the ARC pit. An Arctic Skua was chasing a Sandwich Tern near the Fishing Boats and after lunch on the main part of the RSPB reserve there were 5 Great White Egrets, 2 Buzzards, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks, 7 Redshanks, 2 Garganey, a Kingfisher and a Wheatear.
Moth number declining with cooler nights (8c last night) but yesterday I had my 2nd records of 2 micros: Cochylis roseana and Lathronympha strigana. This morning I was pleased to see my 4th ever Chocolate-tip, the first for 4 years, and my second Poplar Hawk-moth of the year.
Moth numbers down a bit but new for the yearin the last 2 days were Pebble Hook-tip and Iron Prominent. This morning after a deal of trying I managed a poor photograph of a tiny micro which was Phyllonorycter joannisi-a new one for the garden.The Beautiful Demoiselle mentioned in the last posting was the 2nd record for the Dungeness RSPB Reserve (last seen in 1987).
Moth numbers down this morning but the V-Pug was new for the year. Visited Dungeness for the first time in a few weeks where it was a fairly quiet day. However, I photographed a Beautiful Demoiselle on the Willow Trail near the Hanson Hide on the ARC Pit. I didn't realise this species occured at Dunge. At the patch an immature Med. Gull was of interest, while back on the RSPB reserve 2 Garganeys were close in front of the Firth Hide. Common Sandpipers, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers were noted and a Buzzard flew over Dengemarsh. Finally a Kestrel posed on a post in the ARC car park.
Another good moth night depite a low of 8C, with 54 moths of 32 species. There was a nice Blood-vein and Orange Swift was new for the year, but Rosy Minor, Gypsonoma minutana, and Limnaecia phragmitella (albeit a dead specimen in the trap) were all new for the garden list which now stands at 561.