Another good night with my 2nd Red-green Carpet of the year and my 2nd ever Oak Lutestring-the 1st for 7 years. This afternoon at Oare I had good views of the Osprey in the Harty Ferry area both perched on posts and flying over the estuary. Somewhat distant for photography.
Opened the trap this morning and a 4th Convolvulus Hawk-Moth of the month flew out. Yesterday I had the first Large Wainscot of the year and this morning new for the year were: Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Ypsolopha sequella and only my 2nd ever record of Orange Sallow and the 1st for 5 years.
Despite a low of 8c there were 39 moths of 17 species this morning including my 3rd Convolvulus Hawk-Moth of the Autumn. New for the year were: Barred Sallow and Black Rustic which brought the year list to 303.
Moth numbers still going down but Lunar Underwing and The Sallow over the last 2 days have taken my year species total to 300 for the first time. At Dunge today we failed to see yesterday's Greenish Warbler or the Rose-coloured Starling. Highlights were 2 Spoonbills at Scotney, 4 Great White Egrets on the reserve, and 3 Black Redstarts on posts near the Polish Airman's Memorial. A Marsh Harrier showed well on the reserve.
Just 26 moths of 12 species this morning after yesterday's rain. However, Feathered Ranunculus was new for the year and brought the year total to 297 species-the best I've had with quite a bit of the year still to go. I also had the 16th Angle Shades this morning-last year I only had 1 all year and the year before only 2.
Lesser Wax Moth was new for the year this morning which brought the year total to 296 species which equals last year's final tally. I should be able to get to 300 for the first time. Today at Dungeness we encountered some heavy rain which did leave off for a while but eventually drove us homeward about an hour ealier that usual. We started on the ARC pit where a Kingfisher posed in front of the Hanson Hide and a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits were on the islands, while 2 flocks totally about 100 of the same species flew over. Other waders were: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 15 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, LRP and Grey Plover. Two Little Egrets were also there. Apart from lunch, when we saw an Arctic Skua chasing Sandwich Terns at Lade, we spent the rest of the time in the 3 hides nearest the RSPB visitor centre. Birds noted were: 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Little Egrets, Grey Heron, 2 Black Terns, Sandwich and Common Terns, Good numbers of Sand Martins with a few House Martins and Swallows, 1 Little Stint, 3 Ruff, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, and Marsh Harrier. Common Newts were around the visitor centre.
Moth numbers declining but yesterday there was my 2nd garden record of a rather worn Pinion-streaked Snout, following my 1st last year, and this morning a 2nd Convolvulus Hawk-moth. They have very large eyes.