Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Moth trap numbers have fallen sharply but I was pleased to see my first Feathered Gothic for 4 years. Today I had another day at Dungeness in challenging weather-namely gale force winds all day. There were around 6 Great White Egrets on the ARC pit and we again managed a fairly distant view of the Osprey from the reserve but not much else. So a message that there were Grey Phalaropes at the Fishing Boats had to be followed up and we enjoyed a prolonged close view of one-my first for 2 years.
Grey Phalarope

 Grey Phalarope

 Feathered Gothic


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Friday at Dungeness was a wet and blustery day. Osprey was the target species and we did get a distant view of one from the Hanson Hide on the ARC pit. Other birds of prey seen in that area were Hobby, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier. Three Little Stints were also present plus a couple of Garganey in eclipse plumage. Yesterday afternoon at Oare there were 6+ Curlew Sandpipers amongst the 100s of birds on the East Flood at high tide. Moth trap numbers have fallen further with the cold nights (7c last night). This morning second records for the year of Centre-barred Sallow and L-album Wainscot continued the autumnal feel.

Curlew Sandpiper

L-album Wainscot

Garganey

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I feel autumn has arrived now with the first Centre-barred Sallow of the year in the trap this morning. With a couple of micros recently, the year total has now reached 352 species. Also at Seasalter this morning along the sea wall west of the Sportsman there were 2 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears plus a Clouded Yellow Butterfly.

 Whinchat

 Centre-barred Sallow

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Since the rain on Wednesday and cooler nights, moth numbers are down, but earlier this week I added another new micro to the garden list: Stenolechia gemmella. We've reached the end of another month and it's been an exceptional year with the moth trap. Previously last year had been my best year with 318 species, the first year in 17 that I'd passed 300. This year I'm already on 348, with 4 months still to go. Birdwatching has picked up over the last couple of days. On thursday at Dunge the highlights were the Pectoral Sandpiper on the ARC pit, which could be elusive at times, and the 5 Cattle Egrets with cows near Boulderwall Farm. Other birds noted were Greenshanks, Common & Green Sandpipers, 6 Great White Egrets, 2 Garganey, and a Hobby. Yesterday afternoon at Oare in perfect light the Red-necked Phalarope, Long-billed Dowitcher and Bonaparte's Gull all showed well. Also noted were 2 Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Knot, Peregrine and Buzzard.

Stenolechia gemmella

 Red-necked Phalarope

 Bonaparte's Gull

Thursday, 24 August 2017

At Dunge today no really exiting birds. The best were behind Scotney Farm where we saw: Med. Gulls, Tree Sparrows, Corn Buntings, Wheatears, Yellow Wagtails, Little Owl and a Buzzard. Elsewhere there was a Hobby and a couple of Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpipers. Highlight of the day was at the Bird Observatory where I was permitted to photograph a Clifden Nonpareil-I had to stand on a chair to use the telephoto lens I had on the camera. A Brown Hawker also posed on the ARC pit.
Clifden Nonpareil

 Brown Hawker

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

After a couple of cooler nights, last night's milder conditions produced 129 moths of 34 species this morning including a Scarce Bordered Straw-my 3rd garden record after 2 in the hot summer of 2006. Also new for the year were Clay Triple Lines, Mullein Wave, and A. tristella. Year list now 342.

Scarce Bordered Straw

 Mullein Wave

 Clay Triple Lines


Friday, 18 August 2017

The moth trap remains interesting with my 2nd ever record of the migrant Small Mottled Willow. Also new for the year over the last couple for days were: Buff-tip and Brown China-mark plus 2 micros which were both 1st garden records.

Small Mottled Willow

 Scrobipalpa costella

 Cochylimorpha straminea