Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Since my last post some cold nights have kept moth numbers down. Earlier this week I did get a Garden Rose Tortrix which brought the number of micro species recorded this year to 106, equalling last years best ever total. This morning there were 75 moths (41 LYUs) but including my first proper autumn species this year: The Sallow. Had another day at Dunge today where the Red-crested Pochards were still on the ARC pit. There were Black Terns at the patch and 1 on the ARC pit but we kept missing the White-winged Black Tern today. The best bird of the day was an adult Arctic Skua which showed off the fishing boats and a few Common Scoter and Gannets were also seen there. On the reserve there were few waders but a Common Sandpiper and Dunlin showed in front of the Firth hide. The Cattle Egret was with the cattle near Boulderwall Farmhouse and a Great White Egret was on Hooker's pit. Insect interest was provided by a Grey Bush-cricket in the Hanson hide and yet to be identified Leafhopper in the trapping area.

 The Sallow

 Grey Bush-cricket

 Common Sandpiper

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