Quite a few moths the last 2 days with 98 of 30 species yesterday and 92 of 34 species today. However the only new macro for the year was an Old Lady yesterday, whilst this morning M
onopis obviella was a new micro for the year. Slightly more interesting was the Ash Bud Moth this morning which I think is the first tiem I've seen an example that wasn't the dark phase type.
Yesterday I had 57 moths of 19 species and this morning there were 66 moths of 20 species. Today the catch was dominated by "brown jobs" with 23 Flounced Rustics, 12 "Yellow underwings" and 6 Square Spot Rustics. There was however one new micro for the year which was my 3rd record of Ypsolopha sequella and the first for 2 years. I then paid a visit to the Feast Hide at Grove Ferry where I failed with the Spotted Crake but the Kingfisher was posing.
A cooler night (11c) meant justb 45 moths of 16 species this morning. I then made a trip to Grove Ferry. No sign of any Wrynecks this morning but whilst in the Feast Hide a Bittern perched in the reeds at the back of the pool for about 30 minutes. A Kingfisher also put in a brief appearance and there were also a couple of Green sandpipers and a Water Rail.
46 moths of 23 species in a wet trap this morning. New for the year were Setaceous Hebrew Character, Summer Fuit Tortrix and Dichrorampha acuminatana. A trip to Dunge produced liitle in the way of birds. I did photograph a Brown Argus on the RSPB Reserve.
Both yesterday and today had 26 moths in the trap. However yesterday there were only 12 species and today 20, including Metalampra italica for the 3rd year running and what I'm fairly certain is Monopis laevigella-The Skin Moth, which is new for the garden and brings the list to 498.
Yesterday had 65 moths of 24 species but only Mouse Moth was new for the year. This morning there were 67 moths of 31 species with a small tortrix which was new for the garden list. I only managed a poor photo but I have been informed that it is the Pine Leaf-mining Moth (Clavigesta purdeyi) Garden list 497 now.
67 moths of 31 species this morning but only Marbled Beauty was new for the year. Spent a day at Dunge today. Only 2 Wood Sandpipers and a couple of Garganey were of note. I did photograph an Emperor Dragonfly (eating a Damselfly) and a Clouded Yellow Butterfly.
56 moths of 30 species this morning. New for the year were Pale Prominent, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix and new for the garden was another Tortrix: Zeiraphera insertana. Yesterday there was a nice Small Tortoiseshell in the garden too.
73 moths of 33 species in the trap this morning. Orange Swift was new for the year and Saltmarsh Plume was new for garden list. However, it legged it just as I was thinking it looked interesting. The previous night I stayed near Hastings to have a look at a night's catch in Hastings Country Park. I saw several species
new to me, the most interesting of which was a Bloxworth Snout, which had been saved from a previous night for me to photograph:
100 moths of 46 species this morning. The most interesting record for me was a White-line Dart, which was my 2nd ever garden record and the first since 2001. Also new for the year were Chinese Character, Small Phoenix, Cypress Pug, Maple Pug, Smoky Wainscot, and Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella.
Another good night with 110 moths of 40 species. New for the year were: Small Emerald, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Copper Underwing, Dark Spinach, Straw Underwing, Lesser Treble-bar, Rush Veneer, Phycitodes binaevella, and Coleophora lineola.
Yesterday morning I had 177 moths of 62 species-probably my best ever night. It
had been a very warm night with a low of 16c. I was happy to get my 2nd record
of Pebble Prominent and 3rd record of the very camera shy Stathmopoda pedella.
However there were also 2 new species: a tortrix, Gyspsonoma dealbana and a
pyralid Pempelia obductella which is apparently a pRDB2 species that
is largely restricted to Kent. Apparently they wander on warm nights which of
course Thursday night was. Also new for the year were: Burnished Brass, & Cydia splendana. This morning was a different story. A thunderstorm at 2 am had blown the vanes from the top of the trap, leaving just 30 moths of 21 species. Yesterday went to Dunge where we were lucky to see a flock of
10 Curlew Sands which landed briefly on the ARC where there was a Black-necked
Grebe and a Wood Sandpiper. Not a lot else but I did manage to find a Brown
Hawker perched which is very unusual and enabled me to get my first decent picture of this species.
76 moths of 40 species this morning. New for the year were: Flounced Rustic, Batia unitella, Red-barred Tortrix, Brambleshoot Moth, plus my 3rd record of Holly Tortrix, which was the 1st for 11 years, and my 2nd record of the Peach Twig Borer. At the end of another month I reached 160 species for the year which compares to 225 at the same stage in 2011 and 184 at the end of July last year.