Friday, 25 March 2016

New moth records for the year since my last posting are a Clouded Drab and a March Moth. The latter was only my 5th record in the 17th year of trapping. Today spent a very sunny day at Dunge. Highlights were distant views of a Spoonbill near Boulderwall where 5 Smew, including 2 Drakes, were also seen. Several Firecrests, Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs showed well in the Lighthouse Garden and 2 Black Redstarts were nearby. We couldn't find the reported Wheatear but near the visitor centre on the RSPB reserve Grey-backed Mining Bees (Andrena vaga) were active in the sunshine along the path to the Dennis Hide. Another Firecrest was seen near the ramp.

March Moth

 Grey-backed Mining Bee (Andrena vaga)


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