Still raining. The first moth record of the year was on 4th January when I found 3 wings of a Winter Moth on a window sill at the back of the house. In the Dungeness area on the 3rd January we saw 28 Bewisk's Swans on Walland Marsh, 2 Long-tailed Ducks on Scotney and a Shoret-eared Owl at Galloways. On 7th January I saw a Mediterranean Gull at hampton Pier, Herne Bay, and a Purple Sandpiper, which had a damaged bill and some line attached to one leg. this kind of thing seems more common lately.
Well we've reached the end of another year with no moths recorded in December, and not many birds seen either in the month. In 2019 I recorded 343 moth species in the garden which is 54 down on last year's 397. However, there were still 15 species for the garden list. I had bee half expecting to get Jersey Tiger and Clancy's Rustic at some point as these 2 species have been expanding their range for some time. On the other hand Jersey Mocha was completely unexpected and Pale-lemon Sallow was quite a surprise too. Below are a few of these new species for the garden-I wonder what will be new in 2020.
I haven't had much to report lately with the nights being either too cold or too wet for any moths to reach the trap, while the weather has not encouraged me out into the field much. At Dungeness on Thursday it stayed dry but the was not much to report. The highlight was around 20+ Mediteranean Gulls at the patch with one also at the Fishing Boat puddles with Black-headed Gulls. Around the reserve 1 Cattle Egret, 2/3 Great White Egrets, and a Little Egret were noted. Kingfishers were heard on a couple of occasions but not seen.
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).