Friday, 23 October 2015

A mild night of 9c produced 11 moths of 8 or possibly 9 species this morning with: The Mallow, Green-brindled Crescent, Dark Sword-grass, and Merveille du Jour all new for the year. Also a well marked "November" Moth might be a Pale November Moth. Then off to Dunge where we started at the ARC pit as usual and saw a Firecrest amid numerous Goldcrests and a few Chiffchaffs. We then went over to Scotney and walked behind Scotney Farm, where we had good but distant views of the Rough-legged Buzzard. After lunch news of a Barred Warbler took us to the Observatory but the bird did not show. I did however see a Ring Ouzel flitting around the Moat. On the reserve we counted about 7 Great White Egrets on Burrows and a Brambling showed well on the feeders opposite the visitor centre.
Merveille du Jour

 The Mallow

Dark Sword-grass


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