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



Monday, 7 December 2020

 Since the last post, a December Moth in late November has been the only addtion to the garden moth list for 2020. The long staying Crag Martin at Kingsdown and Samphire Hoe was the first I've seen in the UK. Red-brested Mergansers showed well at Swalecliffe and a recent influx of geese to Kent included 4 Bean Geese at Godmersham.

 December Moth

Red-breasted Merganser
Bean Goose
Crag Martin

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Not a great deal to report for November. The first Winter Moth of the season turned up near the moth trap. Early in the month there were 4 Glossy Ibis on the RSPB reserve at Dungeness, and the Barn Owl showed well one late afternoon at Seasalter. The usual Mediterranean Gull was at Hampton Pier but no sign of any Purple Sandpipers there yet.

    Barn Owl

                                                                  Mediterranean Gull

                                                                       Winter Moth

 Glossy Ibis



Sunday, 1 November 2020

The moth trap year list for the end of October is now 410-13 more than my previous best year. The most interesting recent addition was a small pyralid Musotima nitidalis, an adventive species that originates from Australia or New Zealand. Other recent additions for the year are: Large Wainscot, Feathered Thorn and Barred Sallow. The ornithological highlight of the month was a Masked Shrike at Shuart in NE Kent, which the first record for the county. At Dunge a Black Redstart posed near the power station.

 Musotima nitidalis

Barred Sallow

Masked Shrike

Black Redstart


Friday, 16 October 2020

Since my last post another new moth species has appeared in the trap, a pyralid: Palpita vitrealis. Also a Merveille du Jour on the ivy by the trap was the 400th species of the year-the first time I've reached this goal. They has a so been a few interesting migrant birds turning up. On last Sunday morning I photographed some Ring Ouzels at Langdon Cliffs, Dover and on Wednesday the long staying juvenile Red-backed Shrike continued to show incredibly well at St. Mary's Bay near Littlestone.

Ring Ouzel

Red-backed Shrike
Palpita vitrealis
Merveille du Jour

Friday, 2 October 2020

 We've reached the end of another month with the trap total standing at 396 species for the year, which is only 1 short of my best year total in 2018. Since my last post Beaded Chestnut and Garden Rose Tortrix have been added. At Dungeness yesterday there were still at least 6 Cattle Egrets present on the RSPB Reserve. The sun came out after lunch and, on the Dungeness NNR, we saw the rare Mottled Shieldbugs which were first recorded in the UK in 2010. On the RSPB reserve Gorse Shieldbugs were fairly common on the gorse.

Mottled Shieldbug

Gorse Shieldbug
Cattle Egrets
Garden Rose Tortrix