Monday, 3 May 2021

 End of another month when persistent cold and often frosty nights meant very moths. The Early Thorn on 1st April was my only species new for the year recorded all month. Recent birds seen have included the Hoopoe at Stelling Minnis, Bar-tailed Godwits at Dungeness, Whitethroat and Stock Dove at Oare Marshes.



  Bar-tailed Godwits



Stock Dove

Saturday, 17 April 2021

With the cold northerly winds I've had no new moths since my last post. With the lockdown easing I've been a bit further afield and the best birds have been a Snow Bunting at Reculver, Garganey at Oare Marshes, Pied Flycatcher at Ashford, Iceland Gull at Dungeness, and a Ring Ouzel at Grove Ferry.  

Pied Flycatcher

    Iceland Gull
Ring Ouzel

Friday, 2 April 2021

 A couple of very warm days at the end of March gave a small boost to moth numbers, with Brindled and Double-striped Pugs, Oak Nycteolene, Yellow Horned, Early Tooth-striped and Light Brown Apple Moth new for the year. Best of all was Caloptilia stigmatella which was new for the garden. A Rambur's Pied Shieldbug on the shed door was my second record. Further afield I finally tracked down my first Orange Underwing Moth in a local wood.

Orange Underwing


                                                               Rambur's Pied Shieldbug

C. stigmatella

                                                                       Yellow Horned



Saturday, 27 March 2021

 Since my last post another 6 species of moth have been recorded in the garden: Early grey, Small Quaker, March Moth, Brindled Beauty, A. alstromeriana and Common Plume. The Barn Owls have shown well on occasion at Seasalter and a Buzzard flew low over North Bishopden Wood, where 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers have been seen recently. 

 Brindled Beauty


Barn Owl

Common Buzzard


Monday, 8 March 2021

Not much recently but 8 moth species by the end of February is not bad for me: Winter Moth, Dotted Border, Chestnut, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab, Pale Brindled Beauty and A. heracliana. Other wildlife seen recently includes: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Lesser Redpoll at North Bishopden Wood. 

 Dotted Border

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker



Monday, 15 February 2021

 I've not had a lot to report but here's what I've seen so far this year. I've recorded 3 species of Moth in the trap: Winter Moth, Pale Brindled Beauty and The Chestnut. Now it's warming up again I plan to resume the moth trapping. The only interesting bird species was a male Hen Harrier at Seasalter when I had a quick look for a Barn Owl which didn't show.

                           Pale Brindled Beauty                                        


                                                                      Winter Moth

Hen Harrier


Sunday, 3 January 2021

 We've reached the end of another year and one of the few good things from the year has been the garden moth trapping which has been my best year ever, passing 400 species for the first time and finishing on 411 species. I am also very surprised that in the 21st year of trapping at this site I also recorded 34 new species for the garden list which now stands at 672. Since my last post there have been some White-fronted Geese and Snow Bunting at Seasalter, and for the new year some Redwings have appeared in a neighbour's Holly Tree.

 White-fronted Geese


Snow Bunting