Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Moth trap numbers have fallen sharply but I was pleased to see my first Feathered Gothic for 4 years. Today I had another day at Dungeness in challenging weather-namely gale force winds all day. There were around 6 Great White Egrets on the ARC pit and we again managed a fairly distant view of the Osprey from the reserve but not much else. So a message that there were Grey Phalaropes at the Fishing Boats had to be followed up and we enjoyed a prolonged close view of one-my first for 2 years.
Grey Phalarope

 Grey Phalarope

 Feathered Gothic

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Friday at Dungeness was a wet and blustery day. Osprey was the target species and we did get a distant view of one from the Hanson Hide on the ARC pit. Other birds of prey seen in that area were Hobby, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier. Three Little Stints were also present plus a couple of Garganey in eclipse plumage. Yesterday afternoon at Oare there were 6+ Curlew Sandpipers amongst the 100s of birds on the East Flood at high tide. Moth trap numbers have fallen further with the cold nights (7c last night). This morning second records for the year of Centre-barred Sallow and L-album Wainscot continued the autumnal feel.

Curlew Sandpiper

L-album Wainscot


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I feel autumn has arrived now with the first Centre-barred Sallow of the year in the trap this morning. With a couple of micros recently, the year total has now reached 352 species. Also at Seasalter this morning along the sea wall west of the Sportsman there were 2 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears plus a Clouded Yellow Butterfly.


 Centre-barred Sallow

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Since the rain on Wednesday and cooler nights, moth numbers are down, but earlier this week I added another new micro to the garden list: Stenolechia gemmella. We've reached the end of another month and it's been an exceptional year with the moth trap. Previously last year had been my best year with 318 species, the first year in 17 that I'd passed 300. This year I'm already on 348, with 4 months still to go. Birdwatching has picked up over the last couple of days. On thursday at Dunge the highlights were the Pectoral Sandpiper on the ARC pit, which could be elusive at times, and the 5 Cattle Egrets with cows near Boulderwall Farm. Other birds noted were Greenshanks, Common & Green Sandpipers, 6 Great White Egrets, 2 Garganey, and a Hobby. Yesterday afternoon at Oare in perfect light the Red-necked Phalarope, Long-billed Dowitcher and Bonaparte's Gull all showed well. Also noted were 2 Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Knot, Peregrine and Buzzard.

Stenolechia gemmella

 Red-necked Phalarope

 Bonaparte's Gull

Thursday, 24 August 2017

At Dunge today no really exiting birds. The best were behind Scotney Farm where we saw: Med. Gulls, Tree Sparrows, Corn Buntings, Wheatears, Yellow Wagtails, Little Owl and a Buzzard. Elsewhere there was a Hobby and a couple of Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpipers. Highlight of the day was at the Bird Observatory where I was permitted to photograph a Clifden Nonpareil-I had to stand on a chair to use the telephoto lens I had on the camera. A Brown Hawker also posed on the ARC pit.
Clifden Nonpareil

 Brown Hawker

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

After a couple of cooler nights, last night's milder conditions produced 129 moths of 34 species this morning including a Scarce Bordered Straw-my 3rd garden record after 2 in the hot summer of 2006. Also new for the year were Clay Triple Lines, Mullein Wave, and A. tristella. Year list now 342.

Scarce Bordered Straw

 Mullein Wave

 Clay Triple Lines

Friday, 18 August 2017

The moth trap remains interesting with my 2nd ever record of the migrant Small Mottled Willow. Also new for the year over the last couple for days were: Buff-tip and Brown China-mark plus 2 micros which were both 1st garden records.

Small Mottled Willow

 Scrobipalpa costella

 Cochylimorpha straminea

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A couple of good nights, despite last night's rain, have produced the following species new for the year: Orange Swift, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Bactra robustana, and another new species for the garden list: Agriphila selasella. I feel I may have overlooked the latter species in the past. Year list now 327.
Lesser Swallow Prominent
 Orange Swift
 Agriphila selasella
 Bactra robustana

Monday, 14 August 2017

The last few nights have been a bit warmer, with Oak Hook-tip and Dark Spinach both new for the year. A nice example of a Blood-vein was also trapped.

Oak Hook-tip

Dark Spinach


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Since my last post cooler nights have reduced moth numbers but a Broad-barred White and Flounced Rustic have been new for the year, and, after more than 17 years I finally recorded a Scorched Wing in the trap. This is a fairly common species I'd always hoped to see. Year list now 316.

Scorched Wing

 Broad-barred White

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Yesterday at Dunge the rain arrived at lunchtime, which limited the day somewhat. However, there were a few waders with Little Ringed Plovers, and Common Sandpipers on the ARC pit, and on the main part of the reserve Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpipers, Ringed Plovers and a Wood Sandpiper showed well in front of the Firth Hide. A Hobby also flew past over Burrowes Pit. On Dengemarsh 3 Great White Egrets, several Little Egrets, and a few Ruff were noted. Today I had the opportunity to photograph a Ground Lackey moth. Not from my trap, but a scarce species I've not seen before. It is specialist of coastal saltmarsh mainly in Kent, Essex and Suffolk.

 Black-tailed Godwit

 Ground Lackey

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Well we have reached the end of another month. Since my last post Dog's Tooth and Peacock have both been new for the year, and this morning a rather worn Cyclamen Tortrix was new for the garden. The Garden list now stands at 592. However, the year list 312 is fast catching last year's total of 318, which was my best ever year. 
Peacock Moth

 Dog's Tooth

 Cyclamen Tortrix

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Since my last post the weather has changed dramatically and numbers have been much smaller. However, I have had a new micro species for the garden since my last post: Eucosma campoliliana. Elsewhere the Bonaparte's Gull has retuned to Oare Marshes for its 5th late summer residence, and at Dunge yesterday, we noted a juvenile Cuckoo, 2 Little Stints, Wood Sandpiper, Swifts heading south and large numbers of Sand Martins preparing to do the same? My firend was lucky enought to get a bried view of a Whinchat on the power station wall.

Bonaparte's Gull

 Eucosma campoliliana

Friday, 21 July 2017

Back from a week away the moth trap yesterday morning had 102 moths of 42 species with 2 new ones for the garden: The Olive and Morophaga choragella. Also there was my 3rd ever Sallow Kitten, (unfortunately a bit damaged), Hoary Footman and a Yew-tree Beauty. This morning only 30 moths after a cooler night but White-point brought the year total to 299. Garden total now 589.

The Olive

  Morophaga choragella

 Sallow Kitten

 Hoary Footman

Monday, 10 July 2017

I've had a few computer problems bit it's been another good week for the moth trap with over 50 species on more than one morning. Best records were my first ever Oak Eggar in the garden, my second Scalloped Hook-tip, Canary-shouldered Thorn and a couple of new micro moths.

Oak Eggar

 Scalloped Hook-tip

 Canary-shouldered Thorn

Monday, 3 July 2017

Good moth numbers continue with lots of species new for the year; Including several Privet Hawk-moths, and the V-pug. A rather worn Marbled White-spot was the 2nd garden record and the first since 2000. At the end of June I reached 240 species for the first half of the year which compares well with 128 at this stage last year. As 2016 was my best year for the number of species, this is quite amazing and shows what some warm weather can do. New for the garden was a micro: Eucosma conterminana-see picture. A Humming-bird Hawk-moth in the garden was my second of the year.

Eucosma conterminana

 Privet Hawk-moth

Thursday, 29 June 2017

to find many birds at Dunge today but, not for the first time, we found aninteresting insect inside one of the RSPB's hides. I think this is a Short-winged Conehead. The moth trap continues to be interesting with new species for the year including Barred Yellow, Dark Sword-grass, Dot Moth and Brown-tail. A few days ago Sandy Carpet was new for the garden and a 2nd one appeared this morning. A new micro for the garden this week was Ypsolopha ustella.

Sandy Carpet

 Barred Yellow

 Ypsolopha ustella

Short-winged Conehead

Monday, 26 June 2017

Good numbers of moths continue with species new for the year including: Privet Hawk-moth, Ruby Tiger, Lesser Broad-bordered Underwing, Rush Veneer, Smoky Wainscot, Large Twin-spot Carpet Pine Carpet and Large Tabby. Best was a new micro for the garden: Lozotaeniodes formosana. In addition I heard about a site near Faversham where Hornet Moths had been seen. I had a look there Sunday afternoon and was lucky enough to see one-unfortunately I somehow forgot the camera so had to photograph it with the phone.
 Hornet Moth

Large Twin-spot Carpet

 Lozotaeniodes formosana