Friday, 1 August 2014
Yesterday produced 24 species of which Agapeta hamana and Dichrorampha acuminitana were new for the year. Also Mompha propinquella was a new micro for the garden list. This morning there were also 24 species with Bryotropha domestica, Spruce Carpet, Common Carpet, and Straw Underwing new for the year. Made a trip to Dunge today where there were 5 Wood Sandpipers (3 from the Firth Hide and 2 on Hooker's) and a Great White Egret at Hooker's too. An adult Cuckoo on the reserve seemd a bit late leaving? I also managed to see the Curlew sandpiper at Rye Harbour. As it's the end of the month I wondered how the moth numbers compared to recent years. By the end of July I've recorded 228 species which is my best ever and compares with 159 by end July last year and 225 in 2011. However it's been the micros which have been doing well with 95 species by the end of July compared to 56 by this stage last year and 79 in 2011.