Thursday, 20 August 2015

Seventy-seven moths of 30 species this morning but only Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix was new for the year. Had a day at Dunge today where at the ARC pit there were 7 Wood Sandpipers, a Greenshank, a Ruff or 2, and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. Later in the day there were at least 3 Knot in the same location. There was little at the patch late morning but 2 or 3 Clouded Yellows were seen near the power station plus a Humming-bird Hawk Moth. After lunch on the RSPB reserve there was a Common Sandpiper on Burrows and a Lesser Whitethroat showed well with several Whitethroats near the Christmas Dell hide. On Hooker's there were 2 Great White Egrets and 3 Garganey were seen in flight. A Holly Blue posed with its wings open. Back at the ARC pit we heard that there was a Bedstraw Hawk Moth at the Dungeness Bird Observatory from the from the previous night's trapping. We headed round there where we were able to photograph this rare migrant-a new one for me.

Holly Blue

 Bedstraw Hawk Moth


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